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Have you ever wondered what it's like in the giant facilities where Google keeps all your data magically tucked away, ready at the tap of a screen? Well today, you can explore one such data center, street view style. An accompanying video will take you on a guided tour, showing you how the internet giant stores your data, keeps it cool, and destroys it when hard drives fail. Of course you can also walk around the building by yourself, and we certainly suggest you do, as there are plenty of easter eggs. Would you expect anything less from Google?

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A lone storm trooper guards your data.

The whole set up is rather interesting, and there's no shortage of things to see. It's not all business either. In addition to wandering around rooms filled with servers and routers, you can explore the lounging and cafeteria areas that Google employees enjoy. This particular data center appears to be racing themed, so you'll spot plenty of paraphernalia on the walls and in the halls. It's rather enjoyable to see the brightly colored home of every one of your searches.

We'll let you find the giant Android that, despite all its rage, is still just a rat in a cage.

Source: Data Center Tour via Official Google Blog

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    There he is, jailed: http://i.imgur.com/KUPWj.png

    • abqnm

      They caught him trying to bring an iPod into the building.

  • David Wiebe

    The street view also contains someone being rickrolled on two screens at the same time. :)

  • kindrudekid

    That.Was.AWESOME!!!!

  • Paul

    Man I hope a storm trooper isn't guarding the servers. One break in and they'll shoot everything but the person who broke in. Imagine all the server collateral damage done while just trying to shoot one rebel.

  • http://twitter.com/mastermind26 mastermind26

    Love it!

  • Skywriter

    Poor storm trooper.
    He'll be the first to die when the rebels strike

    • DCMAKER

      or commit suicide out of loneliness hahahha

  • Allan Brazute Alves

    “Despite all the rage I still just a rat in the cage"... In this case, Google's cage!

  • nukeblitz

    Somewhere in the facility is a computer screen showing a super secret PUE graph.

    PUE stands for power usage effectiveness. I saw screenshots on another site...I can find it myself from my phone...

    • Skywriter

      Found it :)

  • Kris

    There is also Pegman present and a lady who is stocking up on goldfish and coke.

    • Kris

      Here is the double Rick Roll

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        That dude definitely knows how to troll the right way.

  • Vantucky

    Not only is there a Stormtrooper, R2D2 is right there beside him.

    • http://twitter.com/dljordaneku Darrell Jordan

      I seen that. If you zoom in you can see him pretty good. :)

  • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

    Reminds me of when I used to work for Terremark (a colo center in Miami)

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.osborne Justin Osborne

    R2 is there too (by the Trooper)... zoom in and see!

  • abqnm

    I like him wearing his hearing protection.

    • JG

      I thought it was a vat of jelly beans during the video... Then I found it on the self guided tour... Was a little :( when I saw it was ear plugs....

  • abqnm

    And don't forget the all-important Google kegerator.

  • onpoint G

    This has to be the most relaxed place to work

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647942962 Jerome Vadon

    Those are NOT the servers you are looking for....

  • http://bliynd.com/ Mike

    Super Secret Strategic PUE Plan

  • Matti

    Why do they have a pharmacy in a data center? Quit worrying.

    • Freak4Dell

      Google provides services to employees that make their jobs and lives easier. That's why Google is such a highly rated company to work for. It makes perfect sense to offer a pharmacy, because it saves the employee time. They also have doctors available on the main campus, and possibly other campuses, too. Basically, anything that normal people would have to try and squeeze in after work before the other businesses close, Google offers on site, so that employees aren't rushed and stressed out.

      http://retailindustry.about.com/od/topusretailcompanies/a/googleworld.htm

    • Christopher Orr

      http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/10/ff-inside-google-data-center/4/ says:
      "the area on the floor that holds the replacement gear [e.g. new hard drives for servers] is called the pharmacy"

  • TimTheK

    You should probably re-work the title. I don't think its StreetView that is guarded by stormtroopers.

  • Matthew Fry

    LOLOL! Can this company really be stifling competition with patents? *sigh*

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