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BW: Red Hat Linux Powers Google's Award-Winning Search Engine

May 30, 2000, 21:51 (2 Talkback[s])

"Red Hat, a leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced that its operating system powers Google's Internet search engine services. Google, one of the fastest growing search engines on the Web, operates its search engine and all of its computing functions on a cluster of more than 4,000 PCs running Red Hat. Google plans to significantly increase its use of the Red Hat Linux operating system as it increases its computing power to meet the growing demand of users worldwide."

"Google has used Red Hat Linux for all its Internet computing functions since its inception in 1998. To generate the necessary power for its in-depth searching capabilities, Google needed a large cluster with the dependability and scalability of UNIX--but without the prohibitive cost. With the support of Red Hat, Google has seen significant success. To match the site's growth, Google has scaled its current Linux cluster to more than 4,000 computers, and plans to increase this number as the site's popularity continues to grow."

"Red Hat's easy installation, reliable operating environment, and scalable server support cut down the time and person power needed to oversee the thousands of Internet servers in the Google Linux cluster--thereby helping Google to maintain its focus on developing new technologies that improve a user's search experience," said Urs Hoelzle, Google's vice president of engineering."

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