Google Admits to Server Crisis

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Richard MacManus points to an International Herald Tribune article from late April that quotes Google CEO Eric Schmidt as stating that the company's server situation is a "crisis."

Referring to the sheer volume of Web site information, video and e-mail that Google's servers hold, Schmidt said: "Those machines are full. We have a huge machine crisis."

This crisis exists in spite of Google spending $345 million -- more than twice what Yahoo! spent -- on servers and server-related costs.

Google's rapid expansion into many different markets suggests that the company's information-intensive operational strategy is immensely scalable. But in light of these server issues, is that really the case?

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Um, I'm sure Matt will be

Um, I'm sure Matt will be along soon to comment, but I'm fairly sure that BigDaddy essentially fixes these problems - which may be why Eric was talking about them. Present a problem, and the solution all in one go, and you look good

Bring On The Dark Fibre

Maybe they shoud get a move on with their drag-and-drop mobile data centers - it might help to ease the strain a bit. Either that or stop releasing new services for a few months and get what's there expanded to cope with current demand. ;)

/me waits for gmail to load again...

Um, I'm sure Matt will be

Um, I'm sure Matt will be along soon to comment, but I'm fairly sure that BigDaddy essentially fixes these problems

Yep - solves it by trying to avoid deep crawling new content, and just shows old records from sites that have long developed newer content. :)

http://www.wolf-howl.com/?p=362

quick fix

Drop sites running adsense out of the index. Solves the server crisis and improves the index in one easy cleanup. ;)

crawls aren't

the issue, its all that tinkering around with them thats causing storage issues. Everybody gets a billion or so pages to play with and space can disappear pretty quick.

They probably need to rein in some of the playground activity but then what would all them Phds do?

Just do like in Gmail

... simply put in a delete button

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