Google Data Centers Changing The World

In our exclusive cover story, InterGlobix Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Jasmine Bedi brings you insights from Joe Kava, Vice President of Google Data Centers. Kava has been instrumental in shaping and executing Google’s Data Center strategy globally. He shares his vision for Google’s commitment to carbon-free energy. In our second interview, Maud Texier, Head of Energy Development of Google Data Centers, elaborates on some unique elements of Google’s sustainability strategy.

lphabet’s Google has a corporate mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google Data Centers play a vital role in storing the world’s information and making it universally accessible. Google owns and operates the world’s largest fleet of data centers, that keeps the Internet running and Google products accessible to consumers and businesses globally 24/7/365. The data centers allow Google to provide search engine, Gmail, YouTube, cloud computing products like Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and other web-based services such as Google Workspace that are vital for a great deal of economic activity. Google Data Centers fall under the category of hyperscale data centers.

A hyperscale data center accommodates thousands of servers and millions of virtual machines, that act as a delivery mechanism for cloud-powered businesses and applications. Hyperscale data centers offer enormous scalability, enabling organizations to control of all aspects of production. Hyperscale can be applied to cloud computing, big data, distributed systems and companies, like Google. Normally, off-site data centers handle a hyperscale cloud. This is a cloud environment known as the public cloud.

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