How Google Backs up the Internet

Systems like GMail and Picasa keep massive amounts of data in the cloud, all of which has to be constantly backed up to prepare for the inevitable. Typical backup and recovery techniques don't scale, so Google has devised new methods for securing unprecedented volumes of data against every type of failure.

There are many unique challenges, both obvious and subtle, in delivering storage systems at this scale; we'll discuss these and their solutions as well as some alternatives that didn't make the grade.

Raymond Blum leads a team of Site Reliability Engineers charged with keeping Google's and its users' data safe and durable. Prior to coming to Google he was the IT director for a hedge fund after spending a few lifetimes developing systems at HBO and on Wall Street. In his meager spare time he indulges his interests in robotics and home automation and reads too much science fiction.

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The agenda for this event is: 

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Attendees Register / Networking 
6:30 - 6:35 pm: Welcome & Intro  
6:35 - 7:35 pm: Presentation 
7:35 - 8:00 pm: Q/A 

Please note the venue entrance is on the 8th Avenue side of the building, and you should enter at the 8th Ave / 16 St corner. If you mistakenly go to the 9th avenue entrance, building security will ask you to walk around the building (on the outside!) to the 8th Avenue side. The A,C,E trains stop on the 8th Avenue side of the building. 

The RSVP name will be provided to the building security in advance - so please do register with your real name (first/last) as this will significantly speed up registration. Security requires you to show a form of identification at the time of check-in.

Google volunteers will also be present at the event to answer any questions you may have, look for people who are wearing "Google" t-shirts.

Registration will open on Thursday, Oct 17th at 2:30 pm.

See you there!



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  • Raymond

    Hey everyone, the video of this talk is up here

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNliOm9NtCM

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Stephen N.

      Thanks! Hey Ray Been busy???

      January 31, 2014

    • Raymond

      You're both welcome and @Stephen Navazio - I actually went into work late the other morning (after 8:30 AM) so less busy than the broader median! :)

      February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

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    January 16, 2014

    • Stephen N.

      Can slingbot spam meetup.com message boards?

      January 16, 2014

    • Maxim R.

      flagged as spam, just like the rest of this spam messages.

      January 16, 2014

  • Michael Mordechai C.

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    October 24, 2013

    • Maxim R.

      Stephen, bribes are irrelevant to the topic. That post is a spam and should be blocked and prevented from happening in the future.

      November 13, 2013

    • Stephen N.

      Maxim, Your comment offers no value or new information, just a misplaced thought. Minimally, the OP shared a new idea.

      January 16, 2014

  • Don H.

    Michael, I think it is a great idea. As you know, all startups are trying to get finance or a great business model to generate income.
    Any idea you got, can be beneficial to us.

    October 25, 2013

    • Stephen N.

      As we've seen great ideas implemented/marketed badly can have disastrous consequences.Facebook good example of bad implementation.

      November 13, 2013

  • Rosa

    For morning tech & bagels sign up for a FREE demo viewing. Tuesday Nov. 19 at AOL Patch Labs. Please be sure and give Google NYC a Shot Out! http://www.meetup.com/Innovative-Tech/events/132311232/

    November 12, 2013

  • Ali

    Great presentation. One things I wanted to ask does google use its own implantation of mapReduce like hadoop for example or a propriety implementation?

    October 23, 2013

    • Raymond

      Follow up: Remember - The original MapReduce is the Google internal implementation - Hadoop, et al are the derivatives. see http://static.googleu...­

      3 · October 24, 2013

    • Ali

      Thank you. We all heard about jeff dean. Did not know he's behind the concept.

      October 24, 2013

  • Kapil G.

    Great presentation, two things that stick out in my mind from it: (1) it's a restore system, not a backup system: so optimize recovery process, not backup process. (2) automate (almost) everything - not just backups, but also scheduling and validation.

    1 · October 23, 2013

    • Raymond

      YES!! (1) - YOU REALLY GOT IT!!! :)

      4 · October 23, 2013

  • Jim H.

    Great Meetup -- learned a lot. Best takeaway: "If you haven't restored, you haven't backed up."

    2 · October 23, 2013

  • Sofeeya

    Raymond gave a good insight on every aspect of disaster recovery, especially that restore needs more attention than backup.

    2 · October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think Raymond was the best presenter out of all this year - Michael Harm with his Google Docs was on par, but obviously different type of presentation (technical vs. more high level).

    2 · October 23, 2013

  • Arunansu P.

    Great talk. Got a good insight into backup and recovery plans

    October 23, 2013

  • Stephen O.

    Great technical meetup.

    October 22, 2013

  • Gaurav C.

    Will the video of the talk be posted anywhere later?

    October 17, 2013

    • Shantanu S.

      Gaurav, I've seen them posted on YouTube after 1-3 months delay: http://www.youtube.co...­

      October 21, 2013

    • Joe R.

      I spoke with an google person and she said yes there would be - soon I believe.

      1 · October 22, 2013

  • Alex K.

    Excellent presentation and speaker today! Thank you Google and Raymond for today's session! I also liked Raymond's personal backup and DR plan. Thanks a lot!

    2 · October 22, 2013

  • Raymond

    Thanks everyone who attended and @Stephen Navazio, your comment made my day!

    2 · October 22, 2013

  • Stephen N.

    Great talk,makes me rethink my restore plan.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Cheuk Kit L.

    good????

    October 22, 2013

  • David G.

    Really well done. I have a number of ideas to bring back to my own work now.

    2 · October 22, 2013

  • Aileen Gemma S.

    Excellent and engaging presentation.

    October 22, 2013

  • Joe R.

    enjoyable

    October 22, 2013

  • karim m.

    Thank you google for such a stimulating and enlightening presentation! I look fwd to the next one

    2 · October 22, 2013

  • Gabe G.

    interesting, wish he could of given more specifics about specs, but I understand they don't want to tell everything about their system...

    October 22, 2013

    • Drew

      Yeah a lot of things were big picture or purposely vague but overall it was a good time

      October 22, 2013

  • Moshe N.

    How is it Going?

    October 22, 2013

  • Sean

    Guys check out the TurnToTech events. MEDNYC Mobile Group!

    October 22, 2013

    • Maxim R.

      It's rude to spam...

      2 · October 22, 2013

  • Andy H.

    10 spots left and no one else can attend!

    October 22, 2013

    • Hongyi S.

      Yes, so weird

      October 22, 2013

    • Maxim R.

      Because RSVP closed at 12PM. No new additions to the RSVP list happen after that.

      October 22, 2013

  • Gaurav J.

    there are 500+ people waiting. there has to be some different approach at Google scale. maybe they can use hangout for such events.

    October 22, 2013

  • chloe

    Really? Gone in 2mins? When can I ever get a spot @ google tech talk?

    3 · October 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They'd be doing the serious attendees a huge favor, if they started charging $5 on eventbright for these meetups.

      October 22, 2013

    • Raymond

      Hey Alex F, it's "Raymond" :)

      1 · October 22, 2013

  • Don H.

    For those of you attending, enjoy.
    I do not see any point going to this one with 200+ people.
    Sorry count me out.

    October 22, 2013

  • jonathan

    Can organizers move people from the waitlist to the yes column, or is it too late for that?

    October 22, 2013

  • Paolo V.

    i was on the waitlist and tried to use one of the open slots...instead i got removed from the waitlist

    October 22, 2013

  • Andrew G.

    Wish there was a way of knowing what position you are on the wait list... Would help planning evenings... :(

    October 22, 2013

  • Rosa

    Changed my RSVP to no. Hope someone can take it. :)

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Carlos G.

    Not able to make it anymore. Just updated RSVP. hope someone get my spot.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Sophia

    Hui Jia

    October 22, 2013

  • Gaurav J.

    Hello All, If you are not planning to come to meetup tomorrow then please release your seats so that we can join. I am very interested in this meetup.

    October 22, 2013

  • Joe R.

    Perhaps have a waiting line like shakespeare in the park does? So say 30 minutes after the event starts your place is up for grabs?

    October 21, 2013

    • Maxim R.

      Well, I imagine that's unacceptable for many people(at least it is for me). People want to know exactly if they are in or out. They have to structure their day plans, take commute into account, etc etc. I don't want to blow $2.50 and 1.5 hours of my time on a remote possibility of making it in. Plus there are other meetups going on the same day, so if I know I won't make it here, I can go to another one.

      1 · October 21, 2013

    • Jimmy C.

      That can't work because they need the names of the people for security downstairs. It's not a dynamic list. I'm sure they have a cut off time.

      1 · October 21, 2013

  • David G.

    Curious

    October 21, 2013

  • Wai

    I was excited when I got the email reminding me to change my RSVP. I thought I am off from the waiting list. :( smh....

    October 21, 2013

  • Jimmy C.

    Perhaps if they charge a fee to attend there would be fewer people signing up with little intention of attending.

    The other way to combat the problem is to start flagging those who signed up but don't show. Do that too many times and you're banned for life!

    2 · October 21, 2013

    • badhrinath s.

      Seems true for anything nowadays.

      October 21, 2013

    • James C.

      If it's charged. It's awesome if we could get a Tshirt

      October 21, 2013

  • Haobo L.

    waiting

    October 21, 2013

  • Haobo L.

    waiting

    October 21, 2013

  • Alan K.

    Spot opening up.......!!!!!

    October 21, 2013

  • Don H.

    If it takes two minutes to get 250 people, then it seems that we shall start a business, getting those that are on the waiting list.
    What do you think?

    October 21, 2013

  • Don H.

    Every time there is a meeting at Google, the list filled up quickly.
    Enjoy!

    October 21, 2013

  • Sean

    Anyone check out the TurnToTech programs yet?

    October 21, 2013

  • Saikiran Y.

    I wonder people attending this event are doing it only because it's google talk. This is all dev ops stuff so I am wondering if folks can be kind and let a devops guy here in.

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Joyce S.

    Looks like a fantastic event. I've got the RSVP on my calendar. Hope to see everyone there!

    October 16, 2013

    • Ying D.

      can any one ask if there will be slides available afterwards?

      1 · October 17, 2013

    • Joe R.

      I will inquire when I get there.

      1 · October 17, 2013

  • Kobe

    Im waiting

    October 17, 2013

  • Kobe

    Im waiting

    October 17, 2013

  • Michael

    I got my RSVP, cool... You know how strict Google is with this? Can I bring a +1?

    October 17, 2013

    • Stephen N.

      Ummmmm, Nope. They are very strict. I've asked.

      October 17, 2013

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