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.

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

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

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

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

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

They keep the Android in a cage called Fort Gtape.

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

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

Google built its millionth server back in 2008.

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

And beer! (Note the kegerator.)

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

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

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

 All images courtesy of Google.

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