Google runs 100 Billion Servers

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Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page as Dr. Evil and Mini-MeOK, maybe not quite yet… but Pandia Search Engine News is reporting that Google runs more than 1 million servers.

Pandia cites a Gartner analyst from the fair elven lands of Norway (the article is in Norwegian, so we’ll have to take their word for it).

Google reports that it spends some 200 to 250 million US dollars a year on IT equipment. We know that Google make use of a large number of cheap off the shelf servers using open source (and free) LINUX.

If we say that Google spends 900 USD on each machine, and the same sum on storage and peripherals, it is a fair guess that Google uses some 1 million servers in its data centers.


Pandia goes on to speculate that Google likely installs 100,000 new servers per quarter in datacenters around the world. That would place Google as the 4th largest server producer in the world after HP, Dell and IBM.

But does Google really have 1 million servers? I’m not so sure. The logic above is fuzzy at best and others have estimated they only have 450,000 systems. My guess is reality falls somewhere in between these impressive numbers.

I wonder how many servers are purely dedicated to facilitating searches for LOLcats?


We know that Google primarily uses white box linux-based server models and blade servers, but should they ever need memory or CPU upgrades, Vibrant sells a wide range of Used Servers. Our sales reps hear “1 million servers” and can’t help but drool.

About Corey Donovan
Corey Donovan has worked in the IT hardware remarketing industry since January of 2000. He also has experience on the solution provider side of the industry as a former marketing executive for one of the Midwest's largest VARs. Corey started The Remarketer blog for Vibrant in 2007 and continues on as a contributor and editor and serves as the Vice President at Vibrant Technologies.

4 thoughts on “Google runs 100 Billion Servers

  1. I’m sure they have some LOLcat optimized servers. JPG serving workhorses.

  2. [...] be thinking that all of the Cost of Service is hardware, let’s consider the case of Google.  Gartner reports that runs on the order of 1 million commodity class machines at this time.  Even if we assume [...]

  3. I think they dont’t upgrate servers …when a server is to old it will be replaced with a new one. That more efficent in the long run and saves cost.

  4. Joe Richardson says:

    they probably don’t have that much physical servers most of them are virtual servers like servers in servers and so on so you can run loads of servers in one but that all depends on your processing power

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