Friday, January 29, 2010

When Google builds robots, it's time to say goodbye

As much as I admire Google, they can be friggin' scary. Just take a gander at these little tidbits. While not the biggest, the Google Web Server today runs 13% of all active websites. Google has 40 data centres scattered around the world, all of them custom built to their specifications, running lots of custom-built tools -- including the Google File System, the number crunching MapReduce and the replication tool, Spanner. All of this on their own custom built hardware that is said to use a special Intel chip, and leveraging their own custom built routers. Heck, Google is also connecting their data centres across the world via its own underwater cables.

Awesome power, eh? Microsoft is up to the same tricks as well, building out data centres, etc., and they have their own secrets too. The big secret with Google? Much of the aforementioned is proprietary. It's not available to anyone, other than Google, and pretty much amounts to a private internet.

When Google's network gains sentience, we're screwed, and Arnold will be too old time travel and stop the madness.

in reference to: Google mystery server runs 13% of active websites • The Register (view on Google Sidewiki)

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