Google’s data centers are secretive, massive locations filled with cutting-edge proprietary technology. So of course most Google fans will never get a chance to step inside one. But Google knows how amazing their data centers are, and so they recently put up a website with a complete Street View of its North Carolina data center and also spilled a whole lot of details to Wired reporter Steven Levy. Of course, no valuable trade secrets were disclosed. So what did we actually learn about Google’s data centers?

Google’s massive data centers would make an excellent set for a James Bond movie.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Because Google’s servers empty their heat into a “hot aisle” where the temperature tops 120 degrees, the server rooms would also make an excellent level for a FPS.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Google has a Stormtrooper guarding its servers. It’s not like Google’s the Empire, though, because R2D2 is also helping out.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

In addition to Stormtroopers, Google also currently employs the coolest man on earth. He’s rickrolling you here.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

There’s a tool that’s just for crushing drives–to keep your data safe.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Old-fashioned cork message boards have a place at Google. Only the most important information is posted. Those sharp edges could hurt somebody!

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Google doesn’t think of individual servers, but instead sees computer power as an abstract metric.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

They keep the Android in a cage called Fort Gtape.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Data centers don’t have smokestacks, but they do give off vapor.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Google’s data centers are so huge you need a scooter to get around. There’s even scooter parking!

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Google built its millionth server back in 2008.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Google’s servers may run (efficiently) on electricity, but its employees run on junk food.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

And beer! (Note the kegerator.)

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

But it’s okay, because they can call a shuttle bus by scanning a QR code.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

Google’s uptime control center is pretty much the sweetest desktop setup I’ve ever seen.

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

And finally, Google’s top secret plans involve something called “PUE.”

16 crazy things we learned about Googles data centers

 All images courtesy of Google.

 

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