Google data Centers – An Inside View

Mind Blowing photo coverage of the mammoth Google data bank worldwide

How a Google data center looks like? This is no more a secret now. Google posted a coverage encouraging people to have an inside look at its data storage equipments and colossal buildings located in the US, Finland, Belgium, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Chile. The news coverage opportunity was offered to Wired.com by Google and the photographer was Connie Zhou. Google also announced that their Lenoir, North Carolina data center is now available for viewing through Google’s “Street View” service.

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A server room in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Google’s data centers use color-coded pipes to indicate what they’re used for. Pink means water headed for outside cooling towers.

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A central cooling plant in Google’s Douglas County, Georgia, data center. "Our Council Bluffs data center provides over 115,000 square feet of space. We make the best out of every inch, so you can use services like Search and YouTube in the most efficient way possible,” says Google.

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“Inside our campus network room, routers and switches allow our data centers to talk to each other. The fiber optic networks connecting our sites can run at speeds that are more than 200,000 times faster than a typical home Internet connection. The fiber cables run along the yellow cable trays near the ceiling,” says Google.

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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 our servers.

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Google uses huge numbers of servers, as evidenced by this long shot down one data center aisle. The colored cables are standardized across the company's data centers worldwide so their function is clearer.

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A Google data center outside Atlanta, Ga.

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Denise Harwood diagnoses an overheating CPU inside a long aisle between racks of computing gear in a Google data center. "Blue LEDs on this row of servers tell us everything is running smoothly. We use LEDs because they are energy efficient, long lasting and bright,” says Google.

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A Google Engineer in action

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"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, we 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," says Google.

 

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This is a closer view of the backup tapes in our tape library. Each tape has a unique barcode so our robotic system can locate the right one.

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An overhead view of one of our cooling plants, where seawater from the Gulf of Finland entirely cools the data center there.

 Hope to find few more interesting snaps on the Google Green Blog.

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