Have you ever wondered what Google datacenters look like?

Well, watch this video, first presented at the Google Efficient Data Centers Summit, hosted at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA on April 1, 2009 and find out!

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  1. Great video spot Nikki!

    This is a latest form data centre. The main issue in DC design is, as the man points out in the video, heat. Previous and newer small DC’s (sub-10k sqft), will have an integrated/bespoke design – none of those pods, everything in a series of classical IBM-style 1970’s rooms.

    The problem for bigger DC’s came with the introduction of the blade server, which doubled power consumption/sqft, but tripled or quadrupled heat extraction requirements. Hence, all existing DC’s suddenly needed a redesign or upgrade; or they removed the 4th server cabinet on each floor

    The pod has two distinct advantages: speed of build (you can see its just a warehouse); and containment of heat to just the pod area. Also, if a pod goes wrong or needs upgrading, then its a relatively simple slot-in/slot-out job.

    You can buy single stand-alone pods, which come with power and cooler plant in standard 40ft shipping containers. Think $1mUSD for a fully fitted out operating unit. The DC featured in the video is probably coming in at less than $500/sqft, about half the industry average.

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