Google Data Center Locations

Google hosts the world’s biggest supercomputer owned by a single company*; rather than a single machine, it’s a dispersed network made of smaller machines, though. Now Pingdom (a neat paid service that can alert you when your site is down) put together a map of Google data centers based on approximate information from the unofficial Google […]

Google hosts the world’s biggest supercomputer owned by a single company*; rather than a single machine, it’s a dispersed network made of smaller machines, though. Now Pingdom (a neat paid service that can alert you when your site is down) put together a map of Google data centers based on approximate information from the unofficial Google Data Center FAQ. Pingdom writes, “If you include data centers that are under construction, Google has 19 locations in the US where they operate data centers, 12 in Europe, one in Russia, one in South America, and three in Asia. Not all of the locations are dedicated Google data centers, since they sometimes lease space in other companies’ data centers.” But as the unofficial FAQ disclaims in regards to the number of data centers, “Nobody knows for sure, and the company isn’t saying.”

*The world’s biggest supercomputer owned by no particular single entity, on the other hand, might be the web itself – the global consciousness, if you will. It’s made up of us humans and our thoughts, but if we want to approach it in technical terms (which is just one of the many ways to see it), all of its nodes are individual sites crunching information day in and out. A blog and forum like this, for instance, is crunching information related to the subject “Google,” but there are other nodes covering politics, art, technology in general, sports and entertainment, and so on. Each individual node can reprocess the output of another more specialized node for a given subject. As individual task outputs are cached under permalinks, the solving of new tasks is sped up; e.g. to integrate a bit of another topic into a blog post I can jump over to a Wikipedia entry to find the cached “preprocessing” of hundreds of other people, all of who in turn might have used information from all over the web.[…]

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