Google didn’t share with us why they’re choosing to go transparent now (we’re guessing Facebook’s decision to openly tout their Data Centers’ design & energy-efficiency might have something to do with it), but they did alert us to some of their centers’ more ecologically note-worthy features. According to Google, their facilities, which must process 3 billion search queries a day and 72 hours of YouTube videos every minute, are “among the most energy efficient in the world,” “using half the energy of a typical data center.” Google’s Data Center in Hamina, Finland, for example, with an Alvar Aalto-designed machine hall, uses a cutting-edge cooling system, utilizing sea water from the Bay of Finland. Scroll on for images of Hamina and other Google Data Centers – and see them all at Google’s new site: Where the Internet Lives.
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Cite:Vanessa Quirk. "Google Releases Never-Before-Seen Images of Its Data Centers" 17 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/283518/google-releases-never-before-seen-images-of-its-data-centers/>