Inside the massive data centers that drive things like Google Search and Gmail and Google Maps, youâ€™ll find tens of thousands of machines â€” each small enough to hold in your arms â€” but thanks to anew breed of software that spans this sea of servers, the entire data center operates like a single system, one giant computer that runs any application the company throws at it.
A Google application like Gmail doesnâ€™t run on a particular server or even a select group of servers. It runs on the data center, grabbing computing power from any machine than can spare it. Google calls this â€œwarehouse-scale computing,â€ and for some, itâ€™s an idea so large, they have trouble wrapping their heads around it.
Solomon Hykes isnâ€™t one of them. He aims for something even bigger. With a new open-source software project known as Docker, he wants to build a computer the size of the internet.
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