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Google Security: No Sharks, But a One-Eyed Dog

Google has a security mascot at its Oklahoma data center. Miss G is a one-eyed dog that was adopted by the Google data center team after they found the injured canine on the data center property. “Miss G is our secret weapon,” says site manager Mike Wooten. Read More

Google Confirms $300 Million Iowa Expansion

Google has confirmed that it will invest $300 million in expanding its data center operations in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Coming four years after the opening of the company’s first facility in Iowa, the expansion will bring Google’s investment in Council Bluffs to more than $900 million. Read More

Google to Double Size of Oklahoma Data Center

Google announced an expansion ot its data center in Pryor, Oklahoma that will add a second building at the campus. The company said the initiative will double its server capacity in Oklahoma and add 50 jobs, primarily for local residents. Read More

Google: Our PUE is Lower, and It’s Scrupulous

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Google continues to improve the efficiency of its data centers, recording its lowest Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) yet in 2011. Google emphasized its use of comprehensive PUE methodology, instead of simpler calculations that could produce a lower PUE. Read More

Google Seeks To Plant Antenna Farm in Iowa

An example of a large satellite antenna array. Google has submitted plans to build a large array near its Iowa data center.  (Photo by Hajor)

Google subsidiary Google Fiber, Inc. is seeking permission to place large satellite antennas on land near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The antennas could be used to receive content feeds from broadcast networks that could be bundled with a high-speed fiber service. Read More

Google Spent $951 Million on Data Centers in 4Q

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Google invested nearly a billion dollars in its Internet infrastructure in the last quarter of 2011, recording capital expenditures (CapEx) of $951 million. The increase is likely tied to a significant expansion of the company’s global data center network.
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