Google has always been known for innovation and their data center design is now exception. When Google opened the curtain to their data centers and let people explore their data center design from the inside out, they showed they their data center design strategy follows the 10 original core defining principles that Google laid out when they were still very young. Here’s how you can design a data center that follows Google’s data center strategy.
Start With the User and Everything Else Will Follow
One of the keys to Google’s success has always been the focus on the end user and their data centers don’t seem to be any exception. With Google’s global audience, they’re obviously focused on placing servers all around the world. By keeping their servers as close to the end users as they can, they can cut down the time it takes for users to use their tools and run searches. Ultimately, choosing the locations for their data centers becomes a user experience matter for Google. What are the major criteria that are important to your users – speed, security and storage all become a part of the user experience, as do many other factors. If you start to design your data center to focus on these important user experience factors, the rest of your decisions will gain a lot of clarity.
Focus on Becoming the Best at One Specific Thing
Google has done a pretty remarkable job at nailing down the process to localize their data centers. With upwards of 40 data centers, they’ve figured out how to be the best at locating and building data centers. Figure out what you can build your skill set you can become the best at and you’ll be able to find the right clientele to grow your data center business.
Information is critical to your clientele – never more so than when your users are your focus. Google’s dedication to transparency is a good indicator. They’ve decided that energy efficiency is one of the primary metrics for its data center designs so they’ve made some of their energy consumption information publicly available to their users.
How can you follow some of Google’s data center design initiatives in you data center?