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    What a crazy number of servers they (might!) have! If those numbers are correct or at least good ballpark figures it would be interesting to see utilization stats.

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      I heard that generating video stories (the slide shows of your year for example) came from a hackathon project to keep utilization high.

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        Anything that can be done as an offline batch process is great for utilization. That’s how most of the cool things in Google Photos are done too: automatic visual effects, movies, location inference, facial recognition, etc.