Inside Google’s data centres

Lots of very colourful pipes abound, not to mention a server or two

October 18, 2012

Google has posted a piece on its official blog, showing off photos and details of the inside of its mammoth data centres.

Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure at Google, wrote: “Very few people have stepped inside Google’s data centres, and for good reason: our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard. While we’ve shared many of our designs and best practices, and we’ve been publishing our efficiency data since 2008, only a small set of employees have access to the server floor itself.”

“Today, for the first time, you can see inside our data centres and pay them a virtual visit.”

Where? Head on over to Google’s Where the Internet Lives site, and you can avail yourself of a number of very cool looking images, and nuggets of information.

There’s a picture above, with a bicycle included in the image for an idea of the scale.

Also, Google has made one of its data centres, in Lenoir, North Carolina, available to explore on Street View.

And if you fancy a video tour, check out the clip here.


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