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Thread: Does Google use RAM or Hard Drives?

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    Triple Platinum Member wumply's Avatar
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    Does Google use RAM or Hard Drives?

    Did I select the right forum?
    Just read a BBC article--see suggests it uses hard drives.

    But I learned long ago from a knowledgeable source that Google used no hard drives but rather RAM (chips...transistors) to store all its web-crawling results--and that it was this that enabled it to find and present users with such speedy results.

    Can someone clarify this for me?
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    Security Intelligence TZ Veteran cash_site's Avatar
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    I think they use just run of the mill computer hardware - from Rack-mounted servers with a few hard drives in each .... I think the key their speediness is the indexing and search algorithms, but also their internet and network speeds!! OC-48 (2488MBps!!!) and here i am happy with my 56k dialup!!


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