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Take a peek under Google’s hood

Google has given us the first glimpse into its data centres, showing off an impressive array of servers, cables and pipes that power much of the online world.

The search giant today launched a website where users could take a peek inside ‘where the internet lives’.

Very few people have stepped inside Google’s data centres, and for good reason: our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard.


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While we’ve shared many of our designs and best practices, and we’ve been publishing our efficiency data since 2008, only a small set of employees have access to the server floor itself.


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Google has hundreds of thousands of servers around the world, and shows off its data centres in Hamina, Finland and Iowa, United States.


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Today, for the first time, you can see inside our data centres and pay them a virtual visit.


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You’ll get a never-before-seen look at the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running.


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As well as photographs, ‘Where the Internet Lives‘ also features a virtual tour of Lenoir, North Carolina’s data centre.


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