Google is normally very secretive about its data centers. They recently posted a new video on its enterprise blog that gives a glimpse into the inner workings of its facilities. The video emphasizes security and environmental best practices.
Some highlights from the video:
- Google builds its own customer servers.
- Google uses its own custom, stripped down version of Linux. It uses only a minimum set of packages.
- The facilities are hyper secure – vehicles can’t enter without authorization, and iris scanners are used at some locations.
- Google rigorously tracks all hard drives that come into the facility.