Google (now Alphabet) has always promoted the concept of open source platforms in projects that help people access information across the world. But, one thing it has always jealously guarded is their search engine program that brought it into the IT industry. However, in a recent video available on Youtube, Google has given a rare public glimpse of the mammoth machines and networks that power its search engine and other applications like Gmail and Youtube itself. The miles and miles of computer servers and networks reveal just how massive is the information revolution from the inside.
Google released Schematics of its Jupiter network theory.
Alphabet also revealed that it has more than 100,000 warehouses scaled servers across the world. They communicated with each other at a lightning fast 10 Gb/s. Also despite the popular claim, the information giant says that to get the best performance benchmarks, it also manufactures personalized hardware. The sheer size of the computational power means that the constant flow of billion of terabytes of data across the World is seamlessly transferred to Google’s warehouse sized computer. Google calculated ten years ago that they couldn’t even dream to purchase data centers of this size from other companies. Therefore, it had to build its own with time. Most of the hardware used here is inexpensive high-speed tech that has made data transfer between the different locations easy and fast.
The pipes used for carrying water are colored in Google search’s trademark shades. As expected, the blue tubes store cool water, and the red one takes the warm water back to be cooled.
The centers are continually updated with newer faster technological arms. Over ten years, Google has deployed five generations of networks that have made this huge amount of data transfer possible. The current system named Jupiter Network is more than 100 times faster than the first generation one placed by Google. It can deliver up to 1 petabit/sec of total bisection bandwidth.
The company had been enshrined in secrecy about its data centers and other search components, but it is revisiting that policy before offering its cloud-based services to its billions of customers around the globe. The company knows that its high-end communications technology will prove useful for its customers while availing the cloud-based platforms. Google is also beginning to experience the eventual problems of such a big networking entity and it is opening its way to other people to take it forward and address these issues heads on.
lIn highly technical illustrations, the company shows how the Jupiter networks are working and evolving with time. Before this video, very few people had the security clearance to step inside these data centers as the personal data and search histories are stored in these information vaults. Although the company has provided designs for the floor and concept, no one was allowed access to the databanks themselves due to the sensitivity of information stored inside. The video shows rare footage of one of Google’s biggest data centers in the United States, Belgium, and Finland. Interestingly, none of them is present near the Californian headquarters.
Google’s data evolution is a very engaging story. The company initially wanted just enough power to index every website available in the world and organize them in the form of search results. As Google expanded its services to include pictures, videos, emails and later Cloud storage services, more and more cheap data servers had to be added. Another important aspect of Search power of Google shows that it needs to find out search results and user habits to show relevant ads that are more or less the primary source of income for the tech giant. Although Google has revealed a lot, it is still guarding the access to the centers very seriously.
Just look at the armor-clad stormtrooper standing his ground at the entrance of Star Destroyer Google. Sweet!
The cooling systems of these units employ hundreds of fans tunneling hot air around the room. This center is Oklahoma is one of the biggest in the nation.
These data centers can actually converse data with each other using the plentiful routers present there.
A Google employee works to restore an overheated computing unit. Google has built and maintained some of the best there are.
The Datacenter in Georgia is too big that the employees are offered the services of bicycles to commute around.
The exact number of Google’s servers remains unknown. The company says more than 100,000 are there throughout the world.
Let’s see how people contribute to the whole project to fix the problems before an even larger plunge into data speed. Google’s supremacy is largely unchallenged and it will continue to be so.