Very few people have stepped inside Google’s data centers, 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 centers and pay them a virtual visit. On Where the Internet lives, our new site featuring beautiful photographs by Connie Zhou, you’ll get a never-before-seen look at the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running.

Night falls over our Lenoir, North Carolina data center

In addition, you can now explore our Lenoir, NC data center at your own pace in Street View. Walk in the front door, head up the stairs, turn right at the ping-pong table and head down the hall to the data center floor. Or take a stroll around the exterior of the facility to see our energy-efficient cooling infrastructure. You can also watch a video tour to learn more about what you’re viewing in Street View and see some of our equipment in action.

Finally, we invited author and WIRED reporter Steven Levy to talk to the architects of our infrastructure and get an unprecedented look at its inner workings. His new story is an exploration of the history and evolution of our infrastructure, with a first-time-ever report from the floor of a Google data center.

Fourteen years ago, back when Google was a student research project, Larry and Sergey powered their new search engine using a few cheap, off-the-shelf servers stacked in creative ways. We’ve grown a bit since then, and we hope you enjoy this glimpse at what we’ve built. In the coming days we’ll share a series of posts on the Google Green Blog that explore some of the photographs in more detail, so stay tuned for more!

Source: Google Blog

Category: Think Tank

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5 Responses to “Google’s Data Centers: An Inside Look”

  1. Thomaspin says:

    What a joke: “…our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it ….”.

    This from a business which seeks only to sell your privacy and seemingly cannot even keep its own earnings private.

    Beyond cynical.

  2. Greg0658 says:

    I heard about this tape’g at the bar today and just had to search it out (with Google :-)
    “A look inside a Google data center”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50133304n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

    this thread is beyond __^ .. Thanks BR
    lovely day in paradise – don’t fight the fed
    (love my 21st toys)

  3. uzer says:

    Must be the first time you’ve encountered “corporate speak”, Thomaspin. If not, know this: Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

  4. Greg0658 says:

    LOL (that turns abit sinister in sound)

    running with that meme .. I saw Wed nite on Charlie Rose this interview and umm ..
    this guys concepts had me :-/

    Michael Saylor, CEO of Microstrategy on his book ‘The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything’
    http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12611