Google’s Custom Web Server, Revealed

It’s long been known that Google builds its own web servers, enabling it to design the servers for peak performance and energy efficiency. At today’s Google Data Center Energy Summit, the company put one of its custom servers on display. Here’s a brief video of the server, which features a power supply that integrates a battery, allowing it to function as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). The design shifts the UPS and battery backup functions from the data center into the server cabinet. This video runs about 1 minute, 30 seconds.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. So refreshing to see: 1. not slavishly following the "must be 1U" fashion. 2. stripped of a case for ease of service & light weight. I'd love to see the racking system for it. --chuck

  2. Johnny Mnemonic

    Well if that isn't the jankiest looking piece of cr*p that I have ever seen. I wonder how many of these Google uses? Oh, hai chuck!

  3. Andrew Matthews

    Ummm.....check the date guys of the post.

  4. Steve

    Hmm... Another Google April Fool?

  5. Judging from some other blog entries and forum posts, it appears this system is dated from about 2006. Chances are Google has newer systems in place nowadays. In their disk failures paper, they indicate that they've used numerous brands of disks over the years, so it's likely they are using something other than Death^H^H^Hskstars now.

  6. For those who are wondering, this is not an April Fool's joke. But given Google's reputation for April Fool's pranks, it's a curious date for releasing real news.

  7. Isaack

    Is it just me or do those RAM blocks look like two are glued together vertically? They are twice the height of all the modules I've seen in the past year or two. After that I started playing it back and forth to find other clues of a possible Aprils Fool... like those AVC fans, I guess I just wish it said "AFD" ;)

  8. Jason

    Yea better server on the moon, Yea , Yea