Google shows the world how to better compute in the cloud


It’s pretty obvious to anyone following the cloud that Google is a pioneer in the realm of cloud computing, but for Urs Hölzle, SVP Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow, foreseeing Google’s good fortune was out of the question when he first joined the company roughly twenty years ago.

“We were trying to survive to next Monday,” said Hölzle. “The focus was very short term.”

In the past, Google was concentrating on hardware in an effort to save money, but now the company’s tweaking with software to offset any financial burdens. While many people think about data centers as being physical objects, the biggest challenge facing organizations with data centers is how to make the complex machines useful and understandable for programmers.

This is where containers come to play, Hölzle explained, as Google uses containers to manage the multi-tenant workloads that allow for services like Gmail and the company’s advertisement system…

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