Your friendly neighborhood Google Data center - or - How Google will take over the Internet

Google has been buying lots of dark fiber, a cheap commodity in the post Internet bubble era. According to Robert X. Cringely, Google is now putting together a Data-Center-in-a-box, cheap enough to be placed on virtually every street corner of the world, interconnected with all that previously unlit fiber.

So why buy-up all that fiber, then?

The probable answer lies in one of Google’s underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn’t just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We’re talking about 5000 Opteron processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off overnight by a tractor-trailer rig. The idea is to plant one of these puppies anywhere Google owns access to fiber, basically turning the entire Internet into a giant processing and storage grid.

While Google could put these containers anywhere, it makes the most sense to place them at Internet peering points, of which there are about 300 worldwide.

Cringely goes on about Google Web Accelerator, world wide Internet TV using Google infrastructure and how Google will own Web 2.0 with no competitors worth mentioning (Micro-who-now?).

Interesting read no doubt.

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