Inside a Google data center

MALE SPEAKER 1: A data centre’s
the brains of the Internet. MALE SPEAKER 2: The
engine of the Internet. FEMALE SPEAKER 1: It is a giant
building with a lot of power, a lot of cooling and
a lot of computers. MALE SPEAKER 3: It’s row, upon
row, upon row of machines, all working together to
provide the services that make Google function. JOE KAVA: I love building
and operating data centres. I’m Joe Kava, Vice-President
of Data Centres at Google. I’m responsible for managing
the teams globally that design, build and operate
Google’s data centres. We’re also responsible for
the environmental health and safety, sustainability
and carbon offsets for our data centres. This data centre, here
in South Carolina, is one node in a larger
network of data centres all over the world. Of all the employees at Google,
a very, very small percentage of those employees are
authorised to even enter a data centre campus. The men and women
who run these data centres and keep them up 24
hours a day, seven days a week, they are incredibly passionate
about what they’re doing. MALE SPEAKER 2: In layman’s
terms, what do I do here? FEMALE SPEAKER 1: I
typically refer to myself as the herder of cats. MALE SPEAKER 4: I’m an engineer. MALE SPEAKER 3: Hardware
site operations manager. MALE SPEAKER 2: We
keep the lights on. MALE SPEAKER 1: And
we enjoy doing it. JOE KAVA: And they
work very hard, so we like to provide them with a fun
environment where they can also play hard as well. FEMALE SPEAKER 2: We just went
past the three-million-man-hour mark for zero
lost-time incidents. Three million man-hours
is a really long time, and with the number of people
we have on site, that is an amazing accomplishment. JOE KAVA: I think that the
Google data centres really can offer a level of security
that almost no other company can match. We have an information
security team that is truly second to none. You have the expression,
“they wrote the book on that.” Well, there are many of
our information security team members who
really have written the books on best practices
in information security. Protecting the security
and the privacy of our users’ information is
our foremost design criterion. We use various layers
of higher-level security the closer into the centre
of the campus you get. So, just to enter
this campus, my badge had to be on a
pre-authorised access list. Then, to come into
the building, that was another level of security. To get into the secure corridor
that leads to the data centre, that’s a higher
level of security. And the data centre and
the networking rooms have the highest
level of security. And the technologies
that we use are different. Like, for instance, in
our highest-level areas, we even use underfloor
intrusion detection via laser beams. So, I’m going to demonstrate
going into the secure corridor now. One, my badge has to be on the
authorised list. And then two, I use a
biometric iris scanner to verify that it truly is me. OK, here we are on
the data centre floor. The first thing that
I notice is that it’s a little warm in here. It’s about 80
degrees Fahrenheit. Google runs our
data centres warmer than most because it
helps with the efficiency. You’ll notice that we have
overhead power distribution. Coming from the yard outside, we
bring in the high-voltage power distributed across the bus bars
to all of the customised bus taps that are basically
plugs, where we plug in all the extension cords. All of our racks don’t really
look like a traditional server rack. These are custom designed
and built for Google so that we can
optimise the servers for hyper-efficiency and
high-performance computing. It’s true that
sometimes drives fail, and we have to replace
them to upgrade them, because maybe they’re no
longer efficient to run. We have a very thorough
end-to-end chain-of-custody process for managing
those drives from the time that they’re
checked out from the server til they’re brought to an
ultra-secure cage, where they’re erased and
crushed if necessary. So any drive that can’t
be verified as 100% clean, we crush it
first and then we take it to an
industrial wood chipper, where it’s shredded into
these little pieces like this. In the time that I’ve been
at Google – for almost six and a half years
now – we have changed our cooling technologies
at least five times. Most data centres have
air-conditioning units along the perimeter walls that
force cold air under the floor. It then rises up in
front of the servers and cools the servers. With our solution, we
take the server racks and we butt them right up against
our air-conditioning unit. We just use cool water
flowing through those copper coils that you see there. So the hot air from the servers
is contained in that hot aisle. It rises up, passes
across those coils, where the heat from
the air transfers to the water in
those coils, and then that warm water is then
brought outside the data centre to our cooling plant,
where it is cooled down through our cooling
towers and returned to the data centre. And that process is just
repeated over and over again. To me, the thing that amazes
me about Google and the data centres is the
pace of innovation and always challenging the
way we’re doing things. So, when people say that
innovation in a certain area is over, that we’ve kind of
reached the pinnacle of what can be achieved, I just laugh. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 Responses

  1. NitSUj says:

    I kinda want to work here just for the scooter transportation system

  2. Jesper Kyd says:

    Data center? Fu… spy and spam centre!

  3. B Sherman says:

    We should go naruto running in the data center, they can't stop all of us.

  4. Poly Hexamethyl says:

    With so many computers and disk drives, I wonder how frequently one fails? Maybe one every few minutes or even seconds? I imagine the software needed to dynamically adapt to failures and work around them must be pretty complicated. If normal human-based system adminstration were applied at this sort of scale, it would never work.

  5. Mr J says:

    Think without g maps for a day 😜

  6. BibleWayToHeaven - The Gospel of Christ says:

    Explain to God how you promote lies and deceptions to this world. God will held you accountable for all your wicked propaganda, lies and deceptions.

  7. BibleWayToHeaven - The Gospel of Christ says:

    Stop the Censorship

  8. Paul Sih says:

    wow, use alligators as second layer of security.
    now take me to pornhub data center.

  9. Ufer Haus says:

    WHO else thinks the soundtrack is very frightening?

  10. Mhd Elmurad says:

    Data Canter

  11. Nibbas Norman says:

    that computer can run chrome

  12. Limuel M. Flores says:

    How to apply to that company?

  13. Saurav Kumar Roy Saha says:

    Still data breach of Google is real
    Must stop it

  14. The Unboxing Experience says:

    I would love to visit this place

  15. palash sarker says:

    very smart work and place!

  16. II MODERN II says:

    3million man hour no lost time… how many employees are there?

  17. Michael Olthof says:

    Google fivestar knowledgeable complete Google fivestar knowledgeable complete Google fivestar knowledgeable complete Google fivestar knowledgeable complete Google fivestar knowledgeable complete

  18. Balasundaram Parameshwaran says:

    how can I hack your system?
    if I hack can you give a job to me ?

  19. AttractDirectSex says:

    I was actually looking for a "how to break into the adult film industry", but this as interesting.

  20. Iñigo Vidal Marti says:


  21. fanobennemsi says:

    These monster places are consuming so much energy and resources, they need to go. Google is an environmental hazard of the worst kind.

  22. Le Cobra says:

    Inside a google spying center.

  23. Jaelski Holgado says:

    It feels good that I can relate to what he is saying because I just learned about it in college. Lol

  24. Pamela Francis says:

    Water … best way to introduce microorganisms, but no doubt that's sorted.

  25. saipranav addanki says:

    1:12 i have seen a macbook,in Google data center…..

  26. Erez Kataby says:

    Is one of Google's security means are Alligators?????? (Watch min 2:18)

  27. RapidHmsta 6241 says:

    If it can run Minesweeper at 827FPS then I'm impressed

  28. Michael Thomas says:


  29. mr vhs the vcr man says:

    Privacy is very important were have I heard that 1 before

  30. bob Desnos says:

    no men or women but clown , art and future don t live inside

  31. TDS T gay says:

    You are from google. So why do you use 💻MacBook

  32. Ashok Kheta says:

    The United States of America has information from Google and is used for political , FBI, CIA, every act to make USA a super power and bring distraction on planet Earth that's a fact no one trust the USA any more Africa is going to withdraw, Russians, China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Canada, Iran, Afghanistan, Malaysia, the entire earth from USA and not forgetting Philippines , Vietnam, papwa new and south American they don't want mark of the beast system designed for the Zionist agenda that's the truth

  33. Ajju Rock says:

    Why are you using apple laptops in google offices ??????

  34. Hans Hoerdemann says:


  35. Saurabh Pal says:

    Security LoLz all that I search is advertised in my browser how in the hell can you call this as security?

  36. Isyrof Rifaldy says:


  37. Hamid S says:

    this is so Oooold hahaha


    can I work this place Google?

  39. Keven Silva says:

    Frikin laser beams

  40. here for the memes says:


  41. ML-Classical says:

    This one shows how to use scooter in dailylifes

  42. Yaser Abdul says:

    Why not use SSDs instead of HDDs. A HDD is a mechanical drive and has more chances to get malfunctioned. This is not the case with SDDs.

  43. Daniel Ryu says:

    but you run minesweeper…?

  44. Kindrêd dōj says:

    Brain of 7 billion humans !!!!!!

  45. Mr Powerful says:

    I want to work in a Google company

  46. Tech Man says:

    i wish i work at google

  47. Alain Koch says:

    How to shut down Google:
    1. wear a crocodile costume and sneak trough the swamp.
    2. drill holes in the cooler Tanks outside the Building –> cooling fluid drains – servers = Toast

    To google: if you wan to hire me as new head of security, give me a call.. .. you know my number 🙂

  48. Adam says:

    What If Google download free robux?

  49. Ruturaj Dharav says:

    So Google using alligators for security

  50. Iam Shroud says:

    iam owner of google (◐∇◐*)v(=∩_∩=)フ

  51. Iprofit DotWs says:


  52. Challenge Maruti V says:

    Lu💟 google.🇮🇳

  53. Andy Music Studio says:

    Yeah but actually where is AI house ?

  54. alphafang 44 says:

    thats ware they store all you info lol i cant weight for google to get sued

  55. Yalonda Preyer says:

    I always fact check on Google

  56. sonali mondal says:


  57. Robin Hembrom says:

    @2:18 animals like allegators are also on payroll for providing security to Google data centre!!! 😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅

  58. LOUD HARMONY says:

    I guess they do not need military grade security in some ways

    Cuz even terrorists watch youtube tutorials

  59. Keith Hendrickson says:

    "This team in here is in charge of determining the outcomes of future elections, don't bother them their busy with meme policing"

  60. Michael Steele says:

    Lead 7788959.

  61. Michel Jimenez says:

    I would love to work there in google its a fun and organizable environment.

  62. John Habeck says:

    That pug dog is head of security…

  63. blue boy says:

    Can it run minecraft?

  64. Kamesh S S says:

    this is what Linus had in his mind when Whole room water cooling project was going on 😀

  65. Vissper YT says:

    Hmm… What If I Buy That with a Billion Minecraft Diamond

    By : creative minecraft player

  66. jimil dalwadi says:

    Truely awesome🏁🏁

  67. Kenuel Villodas says:

    Imagine disconect one random cable by accident and mess the entire global searching…
    And then forget where it was😂😂

  68. jeremy Lagunes says:

    Can It run Minecraft?

  69. Adriaan Pretorius says:

    It's just a wee bit larger than my man-cave

  70. 986C says:

    So this is what Skynet looks like..

  71. Donquxito Doflamingo says:

    Typical, Watch Dogs hacking feeling running through, my mind

  72. jeewan path says:

    U hack my id

  73. sex porn adult xxx pussy sexo porno adulto bj says:

    Amazon: in 2018 we paid 0 dollars in taxes

    Andrew Yang: hold my beer
    Whenever google is down, it's because jim crashed his scooter into a rack of servers.

  74. Sunil Kumar says:

    I need a job here

  75. VTCons says:

    Everything human knows staying here.

  76. Jacob Cudlitz says:


  77. BlueMaster_YT says:

    I'm the only one who felt the shrek song in the minute 0:16?

  78. Thanos Bhai says:

    is sundar pichai allowed inside?

  79. Raymond Obedoza says:

    Sounds like goorgle

  80. ODCO23 says:

    Wouldnt it be more efficient if you build it in Antartica that way it cold for the servers

  81. P. S says:

    0:59 iOS Apple on Google..

  82. Phan Nguyen says:

    Does Microsoft have a Cooperation with Western Digital?
    Same question with Google.

  83. Sunny kumar says:

    Why all r bald

  84. pradhan pinto says:

    How to get a job in this data center

  85. ChadZue says:

    This is the Suspect Of Reccomendation

  86. Jestoni Mark Maceda says:

    I hope I can work there 🙏


    Indonesia mana?

  88. EtharViolo 21 says:

    Google Download Game
    Computer: Wanna Hear A Joke?
    20 FPS

  89. TOP 10 says:

    I like to work here

  90. Ferre fortnite says:

    he has a apple computer ?

  91. MANISH DIKSHIT says:

    I am a Data Center Engineer and wish to work here one day.. That's my dream.

  92. René Casaña says:

    Google: "Hi, here we filter and block all the opinions and thoughts of reasonable people through the internet and prioritize our leftist agenta so that in 2020 a new communist dictatorship go to power"

  93. smoke y says:

    1:00 he is on a MacBook at google.

  94. Iori Yagami says:

    Finally youtube recommend this video…

  95. B S Mahesh Kumar says:

    What if someone bombs it?

  96. Devon Lendrum DJ Vu says:

    I would like those erased hard drives please. Very useful to me, big time game addict

  97. Mark Hodgson says:

    Haha FCC and then carbon offset

  98. Mark Hodgson says:

    Induction coil anybody Haha

  99. Mark Hodgson says:

    Haha not so smart use hot water ….

  100. Darren Zou says:

    in 30 years
    Look at those kids walking around with (insert future tech here), back in my days, we have data centers the size of Walmart

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