Googles Green Data Centers - Efficient Servers

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-10-02 Print this article Print

While as much as a third of the total energy consumed by the average server is wasted before reaching the computing components, Google says its servers only lose 15 percent of the electricity they pull from the wall, thanks to more efficient voltage regulator modules. Moreover, Google's machines omit parts that aren't needed for search and other applications, which means no graphics chips. Google servers and racks also only use the minimum amount of fan power.

While the number of commodity computers that Google has built is a closely guarded secret, the company maintains that the machines, and the dozens of data centers all over the world that house them, are necessary to help organize the world's information through Google's search and other Internet applications. eWEEK looks at Google's method for maximizing computing power while conserving energy in this slide show.

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