According to ” jurvetson“, this was Google’s very first production server — circa 1999. Here’s an interesting fact you might not have known: “the beta system used Duplo blocks for the chassis because generic brand plastic blocks were not rigid enough.” View full-sized picture here.

Each level has a couple of PC boards slammed in there, partially overlapping. This approach reflects a presumption of rapid obsolescence of cheap hardware, which would not need to be repaired. Several of the PCs never worked, and the system design optimized around multiple computer failures

According to ” jurvetson“, this was Google’s very first production server — circa 1999. Here’s an interesting fact you might not have known: “the beta system used Duplo blocks for the chassis because generic brand plastic blocks were not rigid enough.” View full-sized picture here.

Each level has a couple of PC boards slammed in there, partially overlapping. This approach reflects a presumption of rapid obsolescence of cheap hardware, which would not need to be repaired. Several of the PCs never worked, and the system design optimized around multiple computer failures