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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Google's plans for their dark fiber

Technology pundit Robert X. Cringely believes Google has the WalMart business model in mind in its strategy to buy up dark fiber.

"...in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View...in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We're talking about 5,000 Opteron processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off overnight by a tractor-trailer rig. The idea is to plant one of these puppies anywhere Google owns access to fiber, basically turning the entire Internet into a giant processing and storage grid..."

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Blogger waterlovinguy117 said...

At this point in time, if anyone thinks that any publicly traded company, be it a tractor company or one with a half_eaten fruit for a logo, is in business to look out for any reason other than the generation of $$, their not paying attention.

Larger and larger and larger. Walmart, Disney, Apple, Google, Mickey D's.

If you remember the prophetic "Rollerball" of yore, the teams didn't play for countries, how quaint a notion that is, no, they played for corporatons which supplanted the idea "countries." It's a brave new world. (By the way, isn't that convenient of you to carry a GPS enabled phone for them to track you with. Don't go in the bookstore, might set off an alert at the Dept. of Homey-land Insecurity)

11/30/2005 10:48:00 PM

 

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