Along came Google

The company we know as "Google" came to be on September 7 th, 1998 and grew exponentially from there. "Google", derived from the "googol", which refers to the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros, is now a household name for just about everything internet. Search, Web Mail, Maps, Ads, Blogging, Photos are just a few of the tangents that Google has taken over the years.

As the success of Google's Search engine increased, Google started selling search appliances that brought the power of the Google Search engine into corporate IT server rooms. When the appliances first came out, they carried a fairly hefty price tag, even for the entry level appliance. But, on April 6, 2005, the price of the Google Mini came down to a very reasonable $2,995, which is a sweet spot for IT managers to charge to their credit cards.

Once the price drop came into effect, we decided to purchase a unit and move our entire site searches over to the Mini.

Opening the Box

The Mini arrived in a box with Google printed in large letters along the side. Our UPS courier asked us what was in the box; it's not too often that you see Google on anything physical:

Opening the box reveals a decent packing job, similar to just about any other 1U server made by any reputable manufacturer.

Just inside, you'll find two Ethernet cables (one orange crossover cable and one yellow straight-through cable) and a power cord for the unit.

Below the cardboard tray of cables, you'll find the server itself:

...as well as a bag containing the rear-bracket mounting kit, installation guide and a free Google T-shirt:

Beneath the server, you'll find a box containing a modem:

The modem is used for Google to gain remote access to the machine if it needs remote maintenance:


Index Examining the Google Mini
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  • glennpratt - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - link

    Add quotes when you wan't a common word included, ie:

    http://search.anandtech.com/search?q=%22i-ram%22&a...">"i-ram"
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  • Jeff7181 - Monday, September 05, 2005 - link

    I like the article... but more importantly, AnandTech Search isn't completely useless anymore. Reply
  • Lifted - Monday, September 05, 2005 - link

    Hell, he will f---ing kill you! Reply
  • Hi - Monday, September 05, 2005 - link

    i guess anand is dead



    :(
    Reply
  • Verdant - Monday, September 05, 2005 - link

    at $3,000 it is a pretty good deal, but the 100,000 limitation is, well, a huge limitation, and the $30,000 pricetag on it's big brother is not that competitive with software solutions/crawlers.... especially since IT can only search 500,000 documents. Reply
  • Googer - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - link

    Are you kidding? It's a freaking P3 1.26GHz! I could Do much better for Two grand. Reply
  • rajivdx - Friday, September 09, 2005 - link

    Make no mistake about it its bloody fast!! It makes the rest of the Anandtech site look *absolutely* slow by comparision. Reply
  • Verdant - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - link

    you've never looked at the prices of database software licenses, developers or content management packages before, have you? Reply
  • Calin - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - link

    There are two processors in fact - and you could buy something like that (no hardware) for $1,500 easily (maybe not so easily as the 1.26GHz Pentium III could be hard to find, but you could replace them with Athlons or Pentium4s at the same performance for cheaper). Reply
  • JustAnAverageGuy - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - link

    You're mostly paying for the software. Reply

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