Inside Google’s Top Secret Data Centers

Do you ever think about how that last email got to you, or how you were able to do a search for that thing you saw on TV, or what about the videos you watch on YouTube? That data has to travel somehow and, for the first time ever, Google is allowing viewers to peep inside their top-secret data centers around the world. They’re not so top secret anymore!

These centers are the hubs that contain all the internet action going on via Google and it’s mighty impressive. What began as a way to catalog all of the websites out there on the internet for search inquiries, slowly delved into other avenues as the company expanded. Therefore their need for more servers continued.

While you might be able to take a glimpse of their operations in these photos, Google remains tight lipped on granting access to the sites, as well as the amount of computers they have running. But, we’re pretty excited about the level to which they’ve taken their branding – with color-coded pipes, tubes and wires.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.