We all probably do it at least once or twice a day — Googling something. As we get near instant results we probably aren't giving too much thought as to what powers the all-knowing search engine. For the first time, Google has opened the doors to their various data centers so we can take a peek inside. It's all part of their new website 'Where the Internet Lives,' a project showing the people and colorful guts behind its services.
It's a massive, multibillion dollar infrastructure that handles over three billion daily searches, Gmail service and millions of You Tube videos. It boggles the mind to think about that kind of data and what is necessary to convert it into a usable service for users. To help us get the picture, Google commissioned photographer Connie Zhou to go behind-the-scenes at Google's eight data centers scattered across the globe.
The photos in the gallery cover everywhere from Finland and the United States. Far from being an Orwellian view of the backend, it's a colorful journey reflecting the vibrant colors Google uses for their logo. While the colors are fun and liven up what could otherwise be some pretty boring stuff, they also help those running the complex nerve centers identify different pathways and pieces of equipment via their color code.
Even the ambient lighting means something. The LEDs and other lights indicate systems operating normally. They also amp up that colorful cool factor.
This gallery is a sampling of the bigger collection from Google's "Where the Internet Lives" website, which focuses on the people, the equipment and educating us on just how the Internet works. You can even take a tour of their North Carolina facility via Google's Street View.
It seems that Google has thought of everything as they've finally opened their doors — but then again, thinking of everything is pretty much their job. Fortunately, it's one colorful journey for us "how does it work geeks.