An Ephemeral Life: The Story of a Software Artifact

“ In early 2000, Google was losing money and wanted to find a way to save money and also increase rack density. At that time commercial vendors provided 20 servers per rack and Google’s goal was to double this capacity. Google sourced hardware from whenever they can to build servers, loaded them with the free Linux operating system and the server farm was ready” — Naga Sridhar Kataru

“ Ideally if an application is running in a host, or virtual machine or in a pod, it should not know where its running. What that means is that key services an application need to run like networking, persistent storage, access to compute cycle should be available in a similar way.”

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