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Oct 17 2017

Data centers – Google Data centers #internet #facilities


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Our Council Bluffs data center provides over 115,000 square feet of space. We make the best out of every inch, so you can use services like Search and YouTube in the most efficient way possible.

We keep pipes like these ready with highly-pressurized water in case of a fire. This water, in particular, is cleaned and filtered so if we use it, we don’t contaminate the facility.

This is a closer view of the backup tapes in our tape library. Each tape has a unique barcode so our robotic system can locate the right one.

Denise Harwood diagnoses an overheated CPU. For more than a decade, we have built some of the world’s most efficient servers.

Associate Facilities Manager Jeff Hajer burns some wire in a fabrication area at our Lenoir center.

This control station monitors the building and power with the ability to take calls from the field, validate repair tickets and authorize repairs.

Our data center in The Dalles, Oregon sits on the banks of the Columbia River. Here our team members enjoy rafting, wind surfing, fishing and hiking.

A sunset over Saint Ghislain, Belgium illuminates our water storage tanks and cooling towers.

A beautiful landscape forms during winter in Finland, as the gulf ices over and creates a picturesque view.

Bright lights and the moon light light up our Mayes County data center. These modular units provide cooling for a portion of the center.

Where the
Internet lives

The Tech

The People

The Places

Douglas County

Mayes County

Lenoir

St Ghislain

The Dalles

Hamina

Berkeley County

Council Bluffs

Tieg Weathers

Denise Harwood

Mike Barham

Mounir Ben Moussa,
Ray Coss

Patrick Davillier

Patrick Davillier

Norman Martin

Data Center Operations

As Norman Martin describes matter-of-factly: “The Internet never sleeps—we keep it going!” So, what happens when the power goes out? Our data centers quickly switch over to emergency back-up generators to prevent any downtime. (That then turn off when power is restored.) These special batteries (pictured) ensure that the generators start up quickly. Workers like Norman make visual inspections to ensure these batteries are charged and ready to be activated at any time.

Norman Martin

Data Center Operations

“Working here is like taking an extended field trip to a toy store. We get to see and play with all the new toys. The ones that are broken, we fix, and the ones that work fine, we make better. We push technology and efficiency to the max.”

Norman Martin makes visual inspections to ensure battery banks are charged and ready to be activated at any time.

Ash Williams

Ash Williams

Jeff Hajer

Associate Facilities Manager

Associate Facilities Manager Jeff Hajer burns some wire in a fabrication area at our Lenoir center. Welding is one of Jeff’s many jobs, which include performance evaluations, managing technicians and coaching. He’s proud to manage this data center and says he loves the sense of accomplishment it gives him. Outside of Google, Jeff restores classic cars and loves to fish.

Jeff Hajer

Associate Facilities Manager

Jeff is using metal inert gas welding, also known as MIG welding. It’s a welding method preferred for its versatility, speed and the relative ease of adapting the process to robotic automation. And, it creates a strong weld.

Associate Facilities Manager Jeff Hajer burns some wire in a fabrication area at our Lenoir center.

Rachel Mitchell

Rachel Mitchell

Jon Rogers

Jon Rogers

Mitch “Mikke” Fleming

Neal Menkus

Neal Menkus

Justin Hobbs

Data Center Operations

This is the inside of the command center at our Mayes County, Oklahoma location, as manned by Justin Hobbs. This control station monitors the building and power with the ability to take calls from the field, validate repair tickets and authorize repairs. The wide range of responsibilities is something Justin welcomes. “I enjoy not being pigeonholed,” he says.

Justin Hobbs

Data Center Operations

Thanks to this data center in Oklahoma, Google has been able to create 100 new jobs. In a recent Oklahoma Magazine Mayor Jimmy Tramel called the data center’s contribution “immense” and has been outspoken about Google’s community support which includes several grants to local schools.

This control station monitors the building and power with the ability to take calls from the field, validate repair tickets and authorize repairs.

Roger Harris

Hardware Operations

Starting as a construction worker, Roger Harris helped build our Mayes County, Oklahoma data center and was given the opportunity to apply for an internal position. “I submitted a resume and got the job. Now I take care of the infrastructure that allows Google to do what it does,” he says. In this picture, he’s taking in a wider view of our Oklahoma center, while accessing a laptop that controls air flow for the whole facility.

Roger Harris

Hardware Operations

“I love the fact that I work for a company that truly wants to make the world a better place and make information accessible to all.”

The Tech

The People

The Places

Douglas County

Mayes County

Lenoir

St Ghislain

The Dalles

Hamina

Berkeley County

Council Bluffs


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