Take a Tour Through Google's Closely Guarded Data Centers

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ShyLinuxGuy

Browsed through the pics yesterday and thought it was interesting. Their datacenter is definitely vibrant versus the boring, dull gray-and-black-themed one I work in and that everyone's accustomed to (it's not really a datacenter, it's just a few "server rooms" across a few buildings). I'd say Google is definitely the Wonka factory of the tech industry.

I noticed 3 TB hard drives in a bin, destroyed, in one of the pics. I'm thinking they're Fibre Channel or SAS, but still... I only hope those disks were destroyed because they failed and couldn't be wiped, not because they were surplus...

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sta789

I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Red97.com

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PulsePCTeck

Alerton Building Technologies is the DDC System that appears to be controlling that mechanical equipment!!

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D00dlavy

Random comments from the Internet... Here they be, as I want to beat these people to the punch:

1) It looks boring. Where's the chocolate waterfall? Grunka-lunkas? Fat children stuck in plumbing? Colored wires ain't no Willy Wonka.

2) 3/4 of that stores porn. It's what the Internet is for.

3) What the hell is this: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=35.898185,-81.548188&spn=0.003146,0.009645&sll=35.900197,-81.547024&layer=c&cid=7373938251588581469&panoid=qlcZPzXMS12y_CrDh64Qvw&cbp=11,307.89,,1,2.47&gl=US&t=m&cbll=35.898186,-81.548184&z=17

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Caboose

You'd think that they'd use better security than a Stormtrooper. They can't shoot for shit!

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tony2tonez

"Have we ever hit anybody?" - Stormtrooper - Family Guy Parody

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Andrew.Hodge

"I hit a bird once"- StormTrooper's clone buddy

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Neufeldt2002

I really like the setup in pic 34 though, too bad I can't afford that.

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vrmlbasic

This looks too bland and "industrial" for Google. I expected to see aesthetically pleasing design but this data center looks like just any old industrial building. Shoot, some pictures of the exterior of the Google SC data center showcase dirt and rust. I thought that center was fairly new. Come on Google, these plants look like something that an Atlas Shrugged-style capitalist from yesteryear would have in his dominion, and unless I've been misinformed that is not what Google's image is.

After seeing the GooglePlex I am disappointed. These bland, industrial, and somewhat dilapidated complexes don't jibe with their corporate HQ.

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Supall

Why should they? They don't want anyone in them, and they certainly don't want to draw attention to where they physically host a large portion of their info. That's just stupid on so many fronts.

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vrmlbasic

Then why'd they post pictures and information about these sites on a search engine so popular that its name is a verb in the vernacular?

They want us to know; only logical conclusion.

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anc51699

It's a data center, not Pee-Wee's Playhouse. It's supposed to have a practical design. It looks amazing compared to some of the data centers out there.

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razorpetti37

Does anyone recognize what kind of laptop the female tech is using in photo #30? Just curious.

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j_j_montez

It's a Macbook Pro. Double-clicking on the image lets you zoom in, and you can see the firewire 800 port, and the Magsafe power port. Since I don't see speakers, I think it's a 13". They probably edited out the apple logo.

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themohawkadmin

It's either a 13" Macbook Pro or a Lenovo u300.

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Neufeldt2002

Couldn't make out if there was an Apple logo on the cover, but it didn't look like there was.

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Brad Chacos

Wow. It's almost like the Matrix, but in a good way.

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Neufeldt2002

Some of the pics reminded me of Resident Evil as they are about to enter the Red Queen's chamber.

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Brad Chacos

Also, a Google data center is now by desktop background.

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Andrew.Hodge

Amazing that all of this started with two college students in california. I look at this and I really do fear for my country. I fear great things like this won't come from America for much longer. The people I meet and talk to seem to have degraded by riding on the shoulders of the people who put them there and don't know what it's like to make their own way. Perhaps it's just the political climate right now, or maybe I just had a little too little sleep last night, but I just felt like I needed to say that.

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Andrew.Hodge

Crap. I should have known I would start a flame war by posting that.

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limitbreaker

That's republican hogwash... The future of your country lies in the education and ability of the next generation. Just broaden your mind and look at other countries that are succeeding in this world without stealing resources of other countries and ask your self what they are doing right. The ignorance of you USA people is outstanding for a country that claims to be a first world nation.

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vrmlbasic

Sigh, the old "America sux because I'm not an American" internet blather. Though you seem to pay an inordinate amount of attention to American politics for an irrational hater of America. I couldn't name the notable political parties of modern Germany, for example, yet you can name the Republican party. Sounds like you wish you were an American (assuming that you aren't American in reality, as you seem to claim).

If the US of A is "stealing" resources, it sure as Hell isn't stealing the right ones as crude oil is prohibitively expensive.

Additionally, I was unaware that dictionaries outside of the United States of America defined "stealing" as "paying market price to producers in exchange for their products".

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limitbreaker

While there is no need to closely watch the political movement of other countries to know what's going on, it is hard to ignore those of USA because they have an effect on the rest of the world. Most of the damage done to other countries that were in turn very bad for USA in the long term was usually done with a republican in the white house. I'm not an anti American, i just wished they weren't as bad as they are.

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Andrew.Hodge

Anti-Americanism is rampant on the internet. It's funny how the internet was supposed to bring us all together. Instead it allowed those who hate to be heard even more than before.

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vrmlbasic

Yet those 2 college students now back a man who insists that "you didn't build that". I find that interesting.

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BadCommand

I don't find it interesting at all, they rode on the backs of a people, institutions, opportunities and a country that allowed them to succeed. I think in their case they have a capacity of common sense to realize that.

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vrmlbasic

Whose back, exactly, did they ride upon?

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warptek2010

Holy crap. I think we found J.J.Abrams next engineering set for the U.S.S. Enterprise instead of that beer distillery he used in the last movie.

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JonGaddis

I though that same thing about the distillery!

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jgottberg

Wow, that just craps all over our datacenter here at work. Can't imagine just the day to day administration of such a facility. AWESOME!

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