3 Apr 2009

3 Apr 2009

Google Unveils Server with Built-in Battery Design


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For the first time on Wednesday, Google opened up about the innovative design of its custom-built servers.

The timing of the reveal, which coincided with April Fool’s Day, left some wondering if the earth shattering news was a prank. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, right? Not so in this case. In the interest of furthering energy efficiency in the industry, Google divulged that each of its servers has a built-in battery design. This means that, rather than relying on uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for backup power, each of Google’s servers has its own 12-volt battery. The server-mounted batteries have proven to be cheaper than conventional UPS and provide greater efficiency.

Google offered additional insights into its server architecture, its advancements in the area of energy efficiency, and the company’s use of modular data centers. For the full details, I recommend reading Stephen Shankland’s coverage of the event at CNET News. It’s fascinating stuff. Plus, Google plans to launch a site in a few days with more info.


Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous on 15th Apr 2009

    please let me know what is nuilt in battery server

  2. Anonymous on 15th Apr 2009

    what are server mounted ups

  3. Pete Sacco on 15th Apr 2009

    An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), also known as a battery back-up, provides emergency power in the case of a momentary power interruption. UPS units come in sizes ranging from units which will back up a single computer without monitor (around 200 VA) to units which will power entire data centers or buildings (several megawatts). You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_power_supply.

    Built-in battery server means that each Google server has its own 12-volt battery to supply power if there’s a problem with the main source of electricity. The CNET article goes into more detail: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10209580-92.html.

  4. Anonymous on 1st Mar 2010

    Wow, batteries connected to the computers in case of a blackout… Is that "innovative"?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm sure using hundreds of thousands of individual batteries is really cheap for Google (I guess they finally they can start making some money now). This focus on going cheap makes me wonder what cheap solution they have for them when they don't need them anymore…

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