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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Those were the days ...

Google adds their first server rack to the Computer History Museum's permanent collection.

The first Google corkboard server rack, a do-it-yourself contraption which was one of about 30 in our fledgling company's first data center back in prehistoric, mist-enshrouded 1999. A few specs: each tray contained eight 22GB hard drives and one power supply, and the rack itself required no fewer than 86 hand-installed cooling fans

Those were the days, and they were only five years ago.

Recent estimates (Google ain't saying) are that Google is running 100K servers with 4 petabytes (mas o menos) of disk storage.

They've come a long way, baby.

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