Photos: How Google protects its datacentres

Photos: How Google protects its datacentres

Summary: Behind the scenes peek inside search giant's datacentre

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  • Behind the scenes peek inside search giant's datacentre

    Google has opened the doors to one of its datacentres to show how it protects customer data.

    A video released by Google on YouTube shows how it guards its datacentres using a range of security measures - from biometric IDs for staff to the complete destruction of defunct hard drives.

    Google's datacentres handle information relating to everything from a search on Google.com to an e-commerce transaction through Google Checkout.

    The security process starts with the design of Google's servers - with the machines custom-built to Google's specifications and running a specialised, stripped-down version of the Linux OS.

    Google claims that the customised hardware and software limits the vulnerabilities of the machines.

    Photo credit: Google/YouTube.com

  • Google staff have to go through a series of identity checks to gain access to the datacentre building and different parts of the facility.

    Staff at the datacentres carry identity badges that are made using lenticular printing, which makes them difficult to forge.

    In some of Google's datacentres, staff identity is checked by scanning their irises, as seen here.

    Photo credit: Google/YouTube.com

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Topic: Security

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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