Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Google Opens North Carolina Data Center to Street View

Google posted a Street View tour of its massive data center in Lenoir, North Carolina.  A YouTube guided tour is also online.

Some notes from the production

  • Google highlights its custom server design
  • Each piece of data is stored on at least 2 servers
  • Important data is back-up to tape libraries

Here are the locations of Google data centers:

Berkeley County, South Carolina
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Douglas County, Georgia
Lenoir, North Carolina
Mayes County, Oklahoma
The Dalles, Oregon

Quilicura, Chile

Hong Kong

Hamina, Finland
St Ghislain, Belgium
Dublin, Ireland

Google Links Data Centers with Software-defined Networking

WAN economics to date have not made Google happy, said Urs Hoelzle, SVP of Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow, speaking at the Open Networking Summit 2012 in Santa Clara, California. Ideally, the cost per bit should go down as the network scales, but this is not really true in a really massive backbone like Google's. This scale requires more expensive hardware and manual management of very complex software. The goal should be to manage...