Google is opening a virtual window into the secretive data centers where an intricate maze of computers process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people.
The site features photos from inside some of the eight data centers that Google Inc. already has running in
Even though Google allows anyone with a Web browser to peer into its data centers, they intend to closely guard physical access to their buildings. The company also remains cagey about how many computers are in its data centers, saying only that they house hundreds of thousands of machines to run Google’s services. the U.S., Finland and Belgium.
In 2006 Google opened a data center in my home town, The Dalles, Or. It was huge for this small community to have the Google name behind them. Investing $600 million in the facility and establishing a long-term commitment to the region and state. They have created over 150 on-site, full-time jobs and have worked hard to support the community.
Since 2008, Google has awarded more than $4.7 million to Oregon schools and nonprofits, with particular focus on supporting educational initiatives in science and technology. They have actively supported LEGO robotics programs in the Columbia Gorge. They’ve also helped implement a free downtown Wi-Fi network in The Dalles.
Have you seen any of the company’s data centers? Do you know anyone that has been hired by Google in their home town?
Google’s other data centers are located in: Berkeley County, S.C.; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Douglas County, Ga.; Mayes County, Okla.; Lenoir, N.C.; The Dalles, Or.; Hamina, Finland; and St. Ghislain, Belgium. Other data centers are being built in Quilicura, Chile; Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.