Google Data Centers – When You “Google It”

Google Data Centers – When You “Google It”

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When you log onto Google, ever wondered who/what you’re connecting to?…
Ever wondered if it’s a place, a factory, an entity
Or just some kind of ubiquitous, global, everywhere-on-the-net kind of thing?
This gives you an idea of what’s behind something we take for granted nowadays…



The Dalles, Oregon – Google’s data center in the Dalles, Oregon sits on the banks of the Columbia River. Here their team members enjoy rafting, wind surfing, fishing and hiking.


Council Bluffs, Iowa – Google’s Council Bluffs data center provides over 115,000 square feet of space. They make the best out of every inch, so we can use services like Search and YouTube in the most efficient way possible.


Douglas County, Georgia – Thousands of feet of pipe line the inside of Google’s data centers. We paint them bright colors not only because it’s fun, but also to designate which one is which. The bright pink pipe in this photo transfers water from the row of chillers (the green units on the left) to a outside cooling tower.


Douglas County, Georgia – 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.


The Dalles, Oregon – In an unoccupied area, motion sensors automatically switch off the main lighting to save power. The result is the dazzling glow of the world’s data filtered through multicolored LEDs. It’s like holiday lights year round.


Mayes County, Oklahoma – 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 Google’s servers.


Council Bluffs, Iowa – Inside Google’s campus network room, routers and switches allow their data centers to talk to each other. The fiber optic networks connecting their 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.


Mayes County, Oklahoma – Each of Google’s server racks has four switches, connected by a different colored cable. They keep these colors the same throughout their data center so they know which one to replace in case of failure.


Berkeley County, South Carolina – This is a closer view of the backup tapes in Google’s tape library. Each tape has a unique barcode so their  robotic system can locate the right one.
In case anything should happen to Google’s data, they have it all backed up. One of the places they back up information is in their tape library. Robotic arms (visible at the end of the aisle) assist in loading and unloading tapes when they need to access them.


Berkeley County, South Carolina – Storage tanks like these can hold up to 240,000 gallons (900,000 liters) of water at any given time. This insulated tank holds water that they’ll send to the heart of the data center for colling.