The Google Data Centers include rooms filled with CPUs containing trillions of bits of data. Understandably, Google keeps the public out. Only IT whizzes have access, and even then they can’t merely “hang out.”
Limited views inside the facility are available via Google maps. While you can’t zoom in very closely, you’ll get an understanding of the massiveness of the facility. It’s plain to see how much data the center houses.
Thousands upon thousands of servers allow the company to index over 20 billion web pages each day. Chances are you won’t have enough time in your life to read all of them.
This is what makes Google Google: its physical network, its thousands of fiber miles, and those many thousands of servers that, in aggregate, add up to the mother of all clouds.
This multibillion-dollar infrastructure allows the company to index 20 billion web pages a day. It is there to handle more than 3 billion daily search queries. To conduct millions of ad auctions in real time.
To offer free email storage to 425 million Gmail users. To zip millions of YouTube videos to users every day. To deliver search results before the user has finished typing the query.