Google is offering a virtual window into the secretive data centers
that serve as its nerve center.
Google has aired a new web site
featuring photographs of the
facilities where the Internet lives; a never-before-seen look at
the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running.
The site features photos from inside some of the eight data centers
that Google already has running in the U.S., Finland and Belgium.
Google is also building data centers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore
The closely guarded facilities house an intricate maze of computers
that process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and
distribute email for millions of people.
Google said that very few people have stepped inside Google's data
centers, for security reasons.
In addition, Google is offering its Lenoir, NC data center through
Street View. Users can virtually 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. They can also take a a stroll around the
exterior of the facility to see Google's energy-efficient cooling