Google's servers full - CEO says it's a crisis

Google's servers full - CEO says it's a crisis

Summary: I came across a curious quote from Google CEO Eric Schmidt that suggests Google is running out of server room and that this is a "crisis". Here's the quote, from the International Herald Tribune:"Google continued to make substantial capital investments, mainly in computer servers, networking equipment and its data centers.

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googlelogo_sm.gifI came across a curious quote from Google CEO Eric Schmidt that suggests Google is running out of server room and that this is a "crisis". Here's the quote, from the International Herald Tribune:

"Google continued to make substantial capital investments, mainly in computer servers, networking equipment and its data centers. It spent $345 million on such items in the first quarter, more than double the level of last year. Yahoo, its closest rival, spent $142 million on capital expenses in the first quarter.

Referring to the sheer volume of Web site information, video and e-mail that Google's servers hold, Schmidt said: "Those machines are full. We have a huge machine crisis."

I'm sure that Google's hardware costs must be huge, but I must say I'm surprised to hear the situation described as critical!

Topic: Servers

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  • So that's why...

    I noticed Gmail had stopped ticking over its byte counter as available capacity rose and now just refers to 2GB of space... wondered when Google would hit the wall.
    hants
  • Infinite Storage?

    I thought Google had an <b>infinite</b> amount of storage. I don't get it.
    sonicmaze
  • opt out for storage!

    Maybe this is where Google will start giving users and "opt out" option when it comes to storing ALL your email and internet communication information. Sure, it would make some of the nifty tools unavailable... as it is, Google, like Yahoo, act like an unethical postman who xeroxs all your snail mail to save for a rainy day. The only way to keep prying eyes out is to use security software like Taceo for content protection. http://www.essentialsecurity.com/products.htm
    schwana
  • Amasing - how could it happend ?

    Hello Richard

    I think everyone is left with a little sense/feeling inside saying "how could this happend?" .. when giving out this much discspace, it have to happend at some point..

    .. It leaves me wondering if Microsoft have the problems ..

    As for Orca (www.orcaa.com) we keep our "no limit on your needs",- but with an awaken eye.

    Sincerly,
    Leon Bollerup
    leonbollerup
  • I'm experiencing the same !

    My site ( http://retrogames.itsfun.be )also seems to be missing many pages from the index. First I had 100's of pages indexed, now I'm only seeing a couple dozen pages indexed !
    Site does not link to or get linked from bad neigbourhoods... I think Google is just out of space.
    axewater