Monday, October 22, 2012

GOOGLE's TOP SECRET LOOK INSIDE DATA CENTERS


Mayes County, Okla. — A rare look behind the server aisle. Here hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the server racks into a cooling unit to be recirculated. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of the servers. — Time.com

Google, Inc. was originally an Internet Search company founded in 1998 by Standford grad's Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It has grown exponentially since its inception — went public in 2004 and is currently world renown — providing various Internet-related products & services  –including internet search, cloud computing, media platforms, software & advertising technologies. Google currently generates more than $50 billion dollars in annual revenue.

Council Bluffs, Iowa — This massive antenna receives signals for the Access Services unit which brings fiber optics to residential homes all over the globe. These antennas are also the primary signal source for hundreds of TV channels that make up Google Fiber's TV service — Time.com

While many may think of Google as a futuristic, by-product of Silicon Valley — their lighting-fast browsers and speed-of-light services aren't solely run via satellite equipments w/ endless fiber optic connections & infinite wireless capabilities. It is their massive data centers that are stuff of legend...monolithical storage centers of epic proportions.

The following is an unprecedented look inside some of Google's international data centers that would make Sci-Fi architects George Lucas & Steven Spielberg proud:


Council Bluffs, Iowa — Hovering above the floor in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the scale of the data center begins to take shape. Huge steel beams both support the structure and help distribute power — Time.com

Berkeley County, S.C. — This is a closer view of the backup tapes in the tape library. Each tape has a unique barcode so Google's robotic system can locate the right one — Time.com

St. Ghislain, Belgium — A sunset illuminates water storage tanks and cooling towers — Time.com




Douglas County, Ga. — These colorful pipes send and receive water for cooling the facility. Also pictured is a G-Bike, the vehicle of choice for team members to get around outside data centers — Time.com

Douglas County, Ga. — Pipes like these are ready with highly-pressurized water in case of a fire. This water, in particular, is cleaned and filtered so if used, it will not contaminate the facility — Time.com

Hamina, Finland — Server floors like these require massive space and efficient power to run the full family of Google products for the world. Here in Hamina, Finland, Google chose to renovate an old paper mill to take advantage of the building's infrastructure as well as its proximity to the Gulf of Finland's cooling waters — Time.com

Douglas County, Ga. — Blue LEDs on this row of servers show if everything is running smoothly — Time.com

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