The Google Modular Data Center was a modular data center built from a set of shipping containers, and used by Google to house some of its servers.[1]

The data centers were rumored to cost US$600 million each, and use from 50 to 103 megawatts of electricity.[2] They housed the computing resources that comprise the Google platform.


Google was reported in November 2005 to be working on their own shipping container datacenter.[3] Google's patent on the concept was still pushed through the patent system and was successfully issued in October 2007.[4][5] In 2009 Google announced that their first container based data center has been in production since 2005.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Google container data center tour". Archived from the original on 2021-12-20.
  2. ^ "Google Data Center FAQ, Part 2 - Data Center Knowledge".
  3. ^ Robert X. Cringely (November 17, 2005). "Google-Mart: Sam Walton Taught Google More About How to Dominate the Internet Than Microsoft Ever Did". I, Cringely. PBS. Retrieved 2007-11-19. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box.
  4. ^ U.S. Patent 7,278,273
  5. ^ Jones, K.C. (October 10, 2007). "Google Wins Patent For Data Center In A Box; Trouble For Sun, Rackable, IBM?". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2007-11-19.