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

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 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.

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