Google’s data centers: an inside look

Very few people have stepped inside Google’s data centers, and for good reason: our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard. While we’ve shared many of ourdesigns and best practices, and we’ve been publishing our efficiency data since 2008, only a small set of employees have access to the server floor itself. 

Today, for the first time, you can see inside our data centers and pay them a virtual visit. On 
Where the Internet lives, our new site featuring beautiful photographs by
Connie Zhou
, you’ll get a never-before-seen look at the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running. 



In addition, you can now explore our Lenoir, NC data center at your own pace in Street View. Walk in the front door, head up the stairs, turn right at the ping-pong table and head down the hall to the data center floor. Or take a stroll around theexterior of the facility to see our energy-efficient cooling infrastructure. You can also watch a video tour to learn more about what you’re viewing in Street View and see some of our equipment in action.

Finally, we invited author and WIRED reporter 
Steven Levy to talk to the architects of our infrastructure and get an unprecedented look at its inner workings. His new story is an exploration of the history and evolution of our infrastructure, with a first-time-ever report from the floor of a Google data center. 

Fourteen years ago, back when Google was a student research project, Larry and Sergey powered their new search engine using a few cheap, off-the-shelf servers stacked in 
creative ways. We’ve grown a bit since then, and we hope you enjoy this glimpse at what we’ve built. In the coming days we’ll share a series of posts on theGoogle Green Blog
 that explore some of the photographs in more detail, so stay tuned for more!


Google opens up about the future of search, serves 100 billion searches every month

The question everyone asks Google is: “What’s the future of search?”

Their answer:

Everyone who asks that question, knows the answer deep inside their heart. They’ve actually dreamt the search engine of the future already.

The way Google sees the future of search is its place as your “assistant” while you navigate the web. Many hurdles are in the way to get all of the information online to build on top of it.

On an average day, Google crawls 20B web pages a day, out of 30 trillion URLs on the web. The company now serves 100B searches every month.

The future of search will be context based and not query based, says the search team. Google wants to remind you of its Knowledge Graph product, which contains 500M things, even though it’s a “baby step” to the future of search. Google says it will show us some of the other babysteps today.

If we are going to build the search of the future, we will have to solve difficult technology issues like speech recognition and natural language.

The Google search team made 530 improvements this year already, to get it closer to the “future.”

Good to know–Layout Pages in SharePoint 2010

These links may be created as shortcuts via buttons or simply kept FYI.  It certainly helps having direct links to certain things as it saves time vs. clicking through the entire interface.

_layouts/user.aspx – manage users for site


_layouts/settings.aspx – site settings


?contents=1  – what web parts are open on the page?  Example http://intranet/pages/default.aspx?contents=1


_layouts/create.aspx – page to create content.  This is especially useful if you have a funky problem with Silverlight.


_Layouts/AreaWelcomePage.aspx – Welcome page settings


_layout/addgallery.aspx – direct link to Silverlight creation page.


_admin/CNTDBADM.aspx – manage content databases.  This link needs to be executed in the central administration web application.


_layouts/viewscopes – view search scopes.  This link needs to be executed in the central administration web application.


/_catalogs/users/simple.aspx – User information list for all users in SharePoint.  Especially useful when you have funnies in user info. Delete the user from this list, re-add them to SharePoint and most of the issues should be resolved.


Generalapplicationsettings.aspx – Central Administration – General application settings.  Obviously also to be executed in the central administration web application.


_admin/ServiceApplications.aspx – Central Administration – Service Application settings.  Also to be executed in the central administration web application.


_layouts/storman.aspx – Storage metrics for your SharePoint site.