Data Centers

How Google secures its data centers (photos)

Google has opened the doors to one of its data centers to show how it protects customer data in this report from silicon.com.

A video released by Google on YouTube shows how it guards its data centers using a range of security measures - from biometric IDs for staff to the complete destruction of defunct hard drives.

Google's data centers handle information relating to everything from a search on Google.com to an e-commerce transaction through Google Checkout.

The security process starts with the design of Google's servers - with the machines custom-built to Google's specifications and running a specialized, stripped-down version of the Linux OS.

Google claims that the customized hardware and software limits the vulnerabilities of the machines.

Photo credit: Google/YouTube.com

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8 comments
tiggeroush
tiggeroush

It would be more secure to just melt the drives down. With a melting temperature of just under 1300 degrees it would not be hard ether.

sergei
sergei

Maibe they are just protecting ears from noise?

swishkeed
swishkeed

I dont' know if this is a relevant question to ask.I was just curious in the youtube video. Inside the data center, why are the personnel wearing headphones/earphones? is this a standard to all data centers.

ganesh17i
ganesh17i

Our data is safe from others, What about google? How it can ensure that GOOGLE wont use/keep/read our pesonal/finance datas?

tejones
tejones

Once upon a time I used to be in the business of recovering data from old hard drives. Given the equipment I had to work with, infomation on a hard drive that had been overwritten was very easy to recover. The only hard drives that were not able to be recovered were the ones that had been shredded.

excelciors
excelciors

Yeah. Saw the pic where they (i think) fed the hdd into a shredding machine. How we all wish we had them in our office or homes. Hehehe. Just a funny side statement but good work GOOGLE for keeping our data's secure.

techrepublic
techrepublic

Those are hearing protecting headsets. With hundreds or even thousands of servers in a large room, the noise level from all the fans can be very loud.