What kind of hardware does Google use?

  • Exclusively Intel processors? Always?
  • Xeons, Duos, or Quads?
  • Intel chipsets?
  • motherboards - Intel, Gigabyte, MSI?
  • What kind and build of RAM?
  • What physical memory configuration (single large capacity modules or multiple smaller capacity modules)?
  • What brand of HDD (I know they used to buy almost all the brands - from their disk failure report)?
  • Were they able to implement a single voltage power supply for their servers (like they had been pushing for a long time to Intel)?

Any other trivia you have or would like to share?

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    This would fit better on Serverfault.com or SuperUser.com
    – Brandon
    Jul 20, 2009 at 17:42
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    – Chris K
    Jul 20, 2009 at 18:22
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    Jul 20, 2009 at 18:44

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Lots of these:


  • this was pretty much the defining article for me
    – MikeJ
    Jul 21, 2009 at 1:01
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    the link seems to be dead. Mar 27, 2019 at 23:39

Take a look at Google platform.

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    mmmm.... Server Pr0n Jul 20, 2009 at 18:31

This is pretty neat discription.



If you want commercially available hardware that's very similar to what Google does (DC power supplies, stripped down systems, ultra high density) then check out SGI/Rackable's Cloud Rack product line.


Have you tried contacting Google themselves? Seems to me anything else is probably just guesswork.

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    Google are notoriously silent about their data centers or configurations, hence all the guesswork ;) Jul 21, 2009 at 1:03

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