Indeed, largely because of their gargantuan energy requirements and high-tech secrets, Data Centers have been shrouded in mystery since their beginnings. This is particularly true in Google’s case. When Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, visited Google’s Data Center in The Dalles, Oregon, he said it was like “ a prison,” and couldn’t even get past the cafeteria. Nary a peek has been seen of a Google Data Center.
Until now, that is. Google just launched a new website,Where the Internet Lives, which features never-before-seen images of eight of Google’s 9 data centers, the places the “physical internet” calls home.
Check out the images of these never-before-seen Data Centers, after the break…
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.
The Dalles, Oregon
Saint Ghislain, Belgium
Lenoir, North Carolina
Douglas County, Georgia
Quirk, Vanessa. "Google Releases Never-Before-Seen Images of Its Data Centers" 17 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=283518>