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.

Google Infastructure Bond Movie

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.

google datacenter tech hot aisle

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

stormtrooper in google data center

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

sweetest guy ever rick roll

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

google drive destroying crusher

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

google cork messageboard sharp edges

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

google doesnt count servers

They keep the Android in a cage called Fort Gtape.

Fort Gtape Android Cage

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

google smokestack data center

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

google scooters

Google built its millionth server back in 2008.

google millionth server

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

google junk food data center

And beer! (Note the kegerator.)

google data center and beer

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

shuttle bus qr code

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

google data center uptime station 426x640

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

google top secret pue plan

 All images courtesy of Google.


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