Google Finally Lets Us See Where it Keeps the Internet

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Google Finally Lets Us See Where it Keeps the Internet

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Google has posted information about, and even a guided tour of, its mysterious data centers.

Previously reluctant to share details of its data centers, Google is now offering up a wealth of information about where they keep all those adorable cat videos. A new section on their redesigned data centers page, aptly titled Transparency, leads to a collection of photos and information about what's contained within Google's various worldwide installations. There are also two guided tours of Google facilities. One, a video, details some of the locations in a typical data center. The other uses Google street view, normally used to traverse pictures of your favorite neighborhoods worldwide, to lead you around the facility in Lenoir, North Carolina. The site also includes information about Google's multi-step information security system.

Featured on the datacenter tours are networking and data storage rooms, offices full of Google employees, cooling towers, and hydraulic spike presses that crush spent hard drives. For the curious, there are a few paragraphs about the various worldwide centers. You're able to use a world map view to find the closest center to you and find out how many employees work there, see a photo, and learn about Google's various community involvements in the area.

The street view tour of the Lenoir, NC data center includes some Easter eggs in typical Google style. Can you spot the Stormtrooper working security, or the giant Android robot?

Source: Google

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...you gotta be shitting me.

All the pictures were shown in my networking class, and dayum. Hell, I didn't even know that they kept the internet in a former paper mill in Finland, but it was cool.

Looks nice, but where are all the cats?

All these boxes are cat homes, connected by tubes, right? That's a lot of kitten tubes.

Top men working at Google. Top. Men.

In before somebody else posts it;

http://youtu.be/iDbyYGrswtg

Actually, I'm sure this is the second time Google have put the data facility on view. The last time they did, we were more distracted by the Cigarette Smoking Man walking down its aisles...

How many of those servers are filled with porn?
I mean think about it....how many terabytes of porn are out there in the world?

On second thought I dont want to know.....

I always picture their server room abit more colourful, well ok it is during daytime (I saw the photos) but not when the lights are off.

Vanbael:
All the pictures were shown in my networking class, and dayum. Hell, I didn't even know that they kept the internet in a former paper mill in Finland, but it was cool.

Finland? seriously?
I knew google had something to do with us but in a papermill the whole thing?
Well I'll be of :P

Am I the only one a little disappointed that they don't have little Post-Its labeling the servers? You know, things like, "Cuddly Panda Videos" and "Porn, Unforgivable (server 1/23414)".

It's like seeing the face of God.

Ok I've spent ten minutes looking for that damn droid and nothing, are you screwing with us?

Please don't say this is going to lead to hacking. That would suck

Al-Bundy-da-G:
It's like seeing the face of God.

Ok I've spent ten minutes looking for that damn droid and nothing, are you screwing with us?

I'm not. Check out secure data tape recording!

Cooling towers? Hydraulic spike presses?

I DETECT VILLAINY!

Al-Bundy-da-G:
It's like seeing the face of God.

Ok I've spent ten minutes looking for that damn droid and nothing, are you screwing with us?

I found it.

I also found the employee watching Rick Roll

In the event of WW3, these data centers will be of vast importance to the survivors of the world. Surely some would survive the destruction. Granting them the much needed fix of internets. Along with useful knowledge it contains past the porn and cat videos.

Google, you must EMP shield those buildings!

Hey, I know that place! That's Earth, I live there! How awesome is that? Super awesome. :D
Delay the launch! I want to go see something first.

Everyone, on your knees and clasp your hands for here we have the true omnipotent, omniscient... God o____o

Captcha: rocket science. Indeed.

I think I saw the Escapist somewhere in there.

Has no-one noticed the stormtrooper yet? or the little R2 unit? :)

tmande2nd:
How many of those servers are filled with porn?
I mean think about it....how many terabytes of porn are out there in the world?

On second thought I dont want to know.....

I do! I'm also curious how the porn genres are ranked based on quantity of space they take up.

It may or may not make me sick but you know what they say, knowledge is power!

Is that really a good idea to display information about it or tours? Does area 51 have important information? Probably. Does it have tours.. No.

Quaxar:
Looks nice, but where are all the cats?

All these boxes are cat homes, connected by tubes, right? That's a lot of kitten tubes.

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Do you know how much of a fit PETA would have if it were confirmed?

OH MY GOD. TED STEVENS WAS RIGHT. THE INTERNET IS A SERIES OF TUBES!

(Taken from the source above, spoilered for size)

i found their super secret stratigic pue plan. its plummiting lol. what they should have done was in one picture. have slenderman be in like a shaded door way or seen through a crack in the door.

If this is the first time we've seen Google's storage center, I can only guess it's because they finally made a fake facility believable enough to hide the old/true network. The old network of course being built by using information-hallowed cloned cat brains for storage space.

Guffe:

Vanbael:
All the pictures were shown in my networking class, and dayum. Hell, I didn't even know that they kept the internet in a former paper mill in Finland, but it was cool.

Finland? seriously?

It's not a terrible idea. Finland is a cold place. Cold place = cheaper cooling cost. Iceland has been trying to entice companies that need to maintain large server rooms to do the same over there.

Scarim Coral:
I always picture their server room abit more colourful, well ok it is during daytime (I saw the photos) but not when the lights are off.

Is this colorful enough? Yeah, I know it's not the server room itself, but it's still in the same building.

Product Placement:

Scarim Coral:
I always picture their server room abit more colourful, well ok it is during daytime (I saw the photos) but not when the lights are off.

Is this colorful enough? Yeah, I know it's not the server room itself, but it's still in the same building.

HEHE!!
This is a quote from under the picture:
Ne maalataan kirkkailla väreillä, osaltaan koska se on hauskaa,

Translation: We paint the pipes in different colours, because it's fun, xD

after that of course it said that it's also for practical use since different pipes do different things, but still :D

I think I get it, they keep the ponies in the colourful tubes. That's how the internet has can fit so many of them while still keeping all the lolcats in the server boxes.

David Bray:
Please don't say this is going to lead to hacking. That would suck

Yeah, I think hacking google would be a pretty hard feat to accomplish- it may lead guys with military grade explosives to break in and physically destroy the internet as we know it...

uncanny474:
OH MY GOD. TED STEVENS WAS RIGHT. THE INTERNET IS A SERIES OF TUBES!

(Taken from the source above, spoilered for size)

Crap...that looks like a game of Pipe Dream gone HORRIBLY WRONG!!!

*Mario is passed out nearby...crosseyed and foaming at the mouth*

Ah, fudgenuts...the sight of that put Mario in a catatonic state!

CAPTCHA: Football Squirrel

...and that Captcha actually came WITH a pic of a football squirrel...I think the Google servers got into the Captcha.

So hen Skynet becomes self-aware this is where we hit to disable it. Good to know.

Jfswift:
Is that really a good idea to display information about it or tours? Does area 51 have important information? Probably. Does it have tours.. No.

Agreed, letting potetal hackers even look at the system could lead too problems.

Wire up a patsy with a hidden camera, go inside, find out what systems they are running (just enough info too bluff your way past someone on a phone call) then hack the internet.

There is a reason why governments for thousands of years have not told trade secrets to the people. While 90% can be trusted, 10% will f*** you up 3.14159 ways too next Tuesday.

It looks like hal 9000 boned a star destroyer.

Al-Bundy-da-G:
It's like seeing the face of God.

Ok I've spent ten minutes looking for that damn droid and nothing, are you screwing with us?

Why am I remeinded of the quote by the C.O.P.S. from Sam And Max Season 2 Ep. I think 5: What's New,Beelzebub? after Chippy beats Specs in a music contest?:'Bravisimo.' "I think I saw the face of God."

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