How Google secures its data centers (photos)

How Google secures its data centers (photos)

Summary: Google has opened the doors to one of its data centers to show how it protects customer data


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  • Information stored on hard drives inside the data centers is also backed up on magnetic tapes, such as the banks of tapes seen here.

    Photo credit: Google/

  • Video surveillance allows Google staff to monitor datacenters, with the help of video analytics software that can detect anomalies in the video and tip off security staff.

    Some data centers also have thermal imaging cameras to identify the heat signature of potential intruders.

    Photo credit: Google/

  • Each data center has emergency back-up generators, which are capable of powering the data centers in the event of a power failure.

    Data centers are connected to the internet via high-speed fibre optic cable, with multiple redundant connections to provide access to the data center in the event of the failure of a single connection.

    Photo credit: Google/

Topics: Google, Data Centers, Hardware, Storage

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  • RE: How Google secures its data centers (photos)

    pretty basic stuff.
    • RE: How Google secures its data centers (photos)


      You'd be surprised. I've been to datacenters where security wasn't nearly on par with what google is doing. I'm certain that places like Google and Microsoft have good reason to have such security, but you'd think certain public sector datacenters would care just as much about their data.
    • I agree. I'm guessing most of those high security

      @dbeecher@... <br>procedures are for Google's own data (software, search algorythims, corporate data, ect) while the customer data is pretty much industry standard levels.<br>
      Bill Pharaoh
  • RE: How Google secures its data centers (photos)

    the basic way is always the best way