Google has released a video that takes a rare behind-the-scenes look inside one of the company’s data centers, the details of which are generally cloaked in secrecy.
The purpose of the seven-minute video is to spell out the security, data protection and server reliability protocols Google follows in order to protect its enterprise customers from harm. The narrator points out, for example, that Google builds its own custom server technology and develops its own secure Linux OS to run its centers.
The video places emphasis on the data centers’ physical security. Google utilizes restricted barriers, security fencing, video cameras, security guards and biometric scanners to prevent unauthorized access. The video even features tools such as “the crusher” and “the shredder,” both of which are designed to completely destroy old hard drives so nobody can ever access customer data.
Here’s the Google data Center;
Why Google shot this video despite the secrecy fact is depending on;
According to the Financial Times, the technology titan has been slowly phasing out the use of Windows internally since January, not long after it was assaulted by Chinese hackers. For example, new hires are no longer offered Windows PCs — the choices are now an Apple Mac computer or a PC loaded with Linux.
Google’s policies surrounding the internal use of Windows aren’t clear-cut, though. Some employees can still install Windows on their laptops, but not their desktop computers. However, Googlers need explicit permission from “quite senior levels” in order to keep using the Windows OS.
The move makes sense: Windows and Internet Explorer have been implicated as vectors in which hackers accessed personal accounts and confidential data from Google’s servers. And, of course, Microsoft is also one of Google’s primary competitors.
It’s important to note that later this year, Google is expected to release Chrome OS, the company’s web-centric operating system. However, the decision to leave Windows behind doesn’t seem to be motivated by the impending release of its experimental OS.