Google Technology: Linux, Shards, MapReduce, and the GFS
Here's a no non-sense look at google's technology without a lot of jargon and terms to sizzle your brain. "The company wrote its own file system, called Google File System, which is optimized for handling large, 64 megabyte blocks of data. Significantly, the file system was designed to assume that a failure, such as a failed disk or unplugged network cable, can happen at any time."
In fact google's been raking in quite the lot of headlines itself lately. Just google for google and see. <ducks and runs> Sorry, couldn't resist.