Originally posted on Gigaom:
Google’s head of data center operations provided a seven-year look at how the search giant’s data center strategy has evolved during the 7×24 Exchange conference on Tuesday in Phoenix, Ariz.,providing a new look at the secretive search giant’s operations. From the company that pioneered the idea that the data center is no longer a place to keep servers, but rather a computer in and of itself, this evolution is eye-opening.
Joe Kava, the VP of data centers for Google (s goog), kicked off his presentation with seven years of data center history at Google. So first, the timeline:
- 2005: This is when Google used containers in its data center, where IT hardware is integrated into the data center space.
- 2006: Google created a purpose-built data center where it moved from containers to its own data center design.
- 2007: Google addressed the supply chain issues with “modular at scale” to support the cost-effective and faster way to build out its data center capacity.
- 2008/2009: In this year, metrics like PUE and best practices are used and shared.
- 2010: Google launches its renewable energy efforts, spending over a billion dollars on the initiative. It has reached 260 MW of renewable energy acquired by 2012.
- 2011: A year for standards — the data center group meets ISO and OHSAS certifications.