Why is Google so secretive about Data centers?

(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy)

I am curious why there is such a fundamental difference between the approach taken by Microsoft and Google regarding investment in data centers.  Microsoft appear to be open about their data center infrastructure and provide information via the Global Foundation Services website and various technet blogs.  Google on the other hand play things very close to their chest, with 3rd party sites trying to piece together information.  For example datacenterknowledge provides the following graphic charting Google’s quarterly infrastructure spend in their article “Google’s Data Center Spending Sours”.

I am making no judgement as to which is better or worse, however I remain curious about why there is such a difference in approach.


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