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Inside the Borg and Mesos, two tools that helped Google and Twitter build their empires

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Google NC data center via Street View
Google NC data center via Street View

Behind the massive data centers at Google lies the Borg: a management tool that distributes information efficiently across servers. It's estimated to save as much space as a new data center would use, and Google isn't the only one with the idea — UC Berkeley Ph.D. student Ben Hindman began developing a similar system called Mesos in 2009 and brought it to Twitter soon after. At Wired, Cade Metz explains the development of the Borg, Mesos, and the systems that could succeed them, bringing the vast and complicated world of data center management to a personal level.