Google gives a glimpse of its data centres via new virtual exhibit

17 Oct 2012

The server floor in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Photo by Google/Connie Zhou

Ever wondered what the inside of a Google data centre looks like? Well, the search giant is letting curious folk take a peek at the physical infrastructure in its secretive data centres via a new website launched today.

The new website Where the Internet Lives has been set up by Google to let people take a virtual tour of some of its data centres to get an idea of the scale of the technology that keeps the company running.

To create the photo montage of the inner workings of data centres, such as Google’s facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and its data centre in Mayes County, Oklahoma, Google sought photographer Connie Zhou.

Up to now, Google said only a small set of employees have had access to such server floors.

Steam pictured rising above the cooling towers in Google's Dallas data centre in Oregon

Steam rises above the cooling towers in Google’s Dallas data centre in Oregon

As well as this, Google is also giving a tour of its Lenoir, North Carolina, data centre via Street View.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic