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Efficient data centers are key to managing the cost of running a massive computing operation such as Google’s (s goog), but they also seem to tie into the search giant’s “Don’t be evil” credo. At least that’s the sense I got when interviewing Bill Weihl, Google’s green energy czar, at our Green:Net conference last week after his talk on data center efficiency.
Weihl and I talked about why Google has a responsibility to buy green power and build efficient data centers; we also hit on other ways to create efficient data centers, including specialty hardware and optimizing compilers. At the end, he talks about what new technology in the data center excites Google.