Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The massive cloud of 1s and 0s

Read an interesting article in the New York Times about the growth in data centers as we become an increasingly internet based world. Some of the numbers around the data center capacities at places like Microsoft, Google and for e-commerce or bidding sites like Amazon and eBay, was quite astounding. Not to mention the various electronic financial exchanges in the world.

Some of the numbers are quite astounding. Microsoft has more than 200,000 and its massively bigger competitor has to have more. And this massive data center infrastructure capability is already beginning to have a serious impact on the power requirements for our new world. More power for our data centers to upload of pictures of the weekend do onto Facebook, or an intact polar ice-cap. You chose!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The massively bigger competitor to Microsoft is, of course, Google. In case anyone wondered.

- Krish