Google Server Farms

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Google, the search engine that started life as ‘Backrub’, plays a significant part in most peoples lives. The popular phrase ‘Google it’, turned the name into a verb which we use on a daily basis.

Five Google facts:

  1. Google celebrated it’s 15 year anniversary this year after being founded in 1997
  2. Google currently runs over 1 million computer servers in data centers all around the world
  3. Google receives over 1 billion searches per day
  4. Google has 7.2 billion daily page views from 620 million daily visitors
  5. Google has 85% of the global search market share

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Last week, Google released locations and pictures of their eight data centers, which until now, have been kept a secret. It would appear that for a company, whose original mission statement was to ‘organize the worlds information and make it universally accessible and useful’, they go to great lengths to ensure that only the right information is publically available. Some examples of this include:

  • Employees sign a strict non disclosure agreement so they can’t discuss what happens inside the data centers
  • They custom build their servers so that no one is able to copy them
  • They have been known to remove light bulbs when using third party data centers, whilst they install equipment
  • They don’t display their logo
  • At the third party facilities like equinix they have hand print recognition just to access the server floor complete CCTV coverage
  • They even have ‘Stormtroopers’ guarding server floors

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Google Server Farm Video - This is a video, from the Daily Mail website, that gives a virtual tour of a Google Server Farm.

Are these measures so extreme they become ridiculous? Or are they necessary to ensure that all personal information is protected? Google have a responsibility to protect personal information and these pictures showing the lengths to which they are prepared to go, provide users with clarification that they are a company to be trusted. This can only be a positive thing.

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Information and pictures collected from:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/google-low-tech-security-plan-remove-lightbulbs-193423347.html

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/03/google-miner-helmet/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2011/05/16/50-amazing-facts-and-figures-about-google/

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2012/10/18/google-throws-open-publicity-door-its-top-secret-data-centres

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2219188/Inside-Google-pictures-gives-look-8-vast-data-centres.html

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