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Google's next data center

http://www.newsobserver.com/104/story/560759.html

So, they're going to invest $600 million in a data center... in a region of the country that is overdue for a major earthquake, and is also the regular vacation destination of Atlantic hurricanes?

Oh wow.  What a boneheaded move.
Permalink xampl 
April 4th, 2007 1:28pm
But the land is cheap!
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 4th, 2007 1:29pm
Please explain to me, what could possibly be built for 0.6 Billion dollars and only 200 employees.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
April 4th, 2007 1:57pm
Are they going to build an index of all 6 billion human's brain activity.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
April 4th, 2007 1:59pm
A data center is incredibly expensive to build.  You need redundant power, redundant cooling, redundant networking, and in this case, the equipment racks need seismic bracing.  The only expense they probably can skip are the individual client cages (since they'll be the only ones in there), and that wasn't a big cost anyway.

There's also the cost of the individual servers.  Which in Google's case, is cheaper than others, because they have custom high-density packaging, not 1U racks. 

I understand the various fire marshals made them quit screwing the motherboards down to bare plywood shelves.  ;-)
Permalink xampl 
April 4th, 2007 2:27pm
> Hurricanes

aren't realy a problem, not like they'll be build on beachfront property. Datacenters don't need windows and it's not like you'll be running the wiring on telephone poles.

> Earthquakes

Since when is South Carolina a major center for seismic activity? (http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/recenteqs/)
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April 5th, 2007 6:44am
Google's new location is only 20 miles inland.  Not far at all when you consider that the elevation above sea level is only about 60 ft at that point.

During Hurricane Hugo, the US Navy misplaced one of their barges.  It was found 1.5 miles inland, and had to be cut up on site because there was no way to get it back to the ocean.  Also, the turntable bridge to the Isle of Palms was knocked off it's pivot, and took a couple of months to get it set back up on there.  I was living in Charlotte at the time, and I was without power for a week.

Re:earthquakes:
In 1886, Charleston had a 7.1 earthquake that knocked down many of the buildings (roughly a third of the city was destroyed).  There's a tectonic plate located to the east of the city that is moving westward.  The area is considered to be overdue for another.

The new Cooper River bridge was designed for 300mph winds and a 7.4 earthquake (hopefully not at the same time!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Ravenel%2C_Jr._Bridge
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