Data Center Apparatus

Oct 19 2012   11:12AM GMT

My God, it’s full of — pipes?

Tom Walat Tom Walat Profile: Tom Walat

Notoriously secretive — at least when it pertains to the innards of its data centers — Google is now offering a peek at the pipes and people that deliver its products — Google Search, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps — to your computing device.

“Where the Internet lives” features stunning photographs by Connie Zhou of several Google data centers to show the general public the server racks, cooling infrastructure and personnel at the tech giant’s facilities that had been under wraps until now.

Colorful pipes carry water in and out of Google’s Dalles Data Center in Oregon. The blue pipes carry cold water and the red pipes send warm water back to be cooled.  (Credit: Google/Connie Zhou)

You can also take a virtual tour of the Lenoir, N.C., data center through the Street View function in Google Maps. The company’s sense of humor shines through during the tour; if you examine each frame carefully, you’ll spot a few interesting items.

It’s an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the facilities — rumored to number about three dozen in total — required to handle a bulk of the day-to-day Internet-based workloads that millions of people use on a daily basis.

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