Google used about 2.26 million megawatt hours of electricity to run its operations in 2010, generating a carbon footprint of 1.46 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the company said today in its most thorough disclosure yet of its impact on the power grid and the environment.
Google has released a case study outlining the energy and carbon savings available to small businesses from using its Gmail service instead of in-house email servers In fact, Google argues, the scale of its highly-optimized data centers makes Gmail substantially more energy efficient than all but the most advanced corporate data centers. Read More
Have Google watchers been overestimating the number of servers in the company’s data center network? Recent guesstimates have placed Google’s server count at more than 1 million. But new data on Google’s energy use suggests that the company is probably running about 900,000 servers. Read More
Google invested $917 million in its Internet infrastructure in the second quarter of 2011, including land purchases that are likely related to future data center expansion. Read More
Manhattan real estate watchers are scrutinizing Google’s actions as the search giant settles in as the new landlord of 111 8th Avenue. Early indications are that the company’s strategy is all about the office space. Read More
Google is preparing to open its newest data center, a large facility in a former paper mill in Hamina, Finland. The facility uses the sea to replace the chiller in its cooling system.Here’s a video overview from the Google European Data Center Summit. Read More
Projects using best practices to capture “low-hanging fruit” efficiency improvement was the theme of the Google European Data Center Efficiency Summit held Tuesday in Zurich, Switzerland.
Google’s PUE ratings keep getting better, with one of its data centers hitting 1.09 in the 1st quarter. Google’s Chris Malone says PUEs of 1.5 to 1.6 can now be achieved by data center operators using off-the-shelf equipment. “There’sno magic or secret sauce to get to these levels,” said Malone. Read More
Google today released a video showcasing the security and data protection practices in its data centers, which includes some interesting footage from the company’s data center in South Carolina – and a brief glimpse of the data center and tape libraries. Read More
Google has agreed to buy electricity from a wind generation facility in Oklahoma, boosting the use of renewable power on the electric grid that will power its new data center in Mayes County, Oklahoma, the company said today. Read More