Discovering Data Centers

An animated video series about the innovation behind Google data centers.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the technological intricacies that ensure Google data centers work globally and at massive scale. We peel back the layers that make data centers so fascinating, including design, technology, operations, and sustainability.


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  • EPISODE 1

    What is a data center?

    In our first episode, we cover what a data center is, how it has changed, and how it’s now built for the cloud.

  • EPISODE 2

    How does Google design its data centers?

    From computing to cooling, we walk you through the different layers of a data center’s infrastructure and how they work together.

  • EPISODE 3

    What are the core principles behind Google data centers?

    In this episode, we demonstrate how performance, availability, and security are implemented in Google’s data center infrastructure.

  • EPISODE 4

    How does Google secure its data centers?

    From fences to biometric scanners and testing attempts, we show you how security is in our DNA when it comes to protecting sensitive data.

  • EPISODE 5

    How does Google select a data center location?

    From securing to designing, learn what criteria make a location viable for a Google data center.

  • Check this site every month for the latest video in the Discovering Data Centers series.

  • EPISODE 1

    How does storage work across Google data centers?

    Learn how data is stored at Google data centers, and how we make storage accessible and scalable across our global fleet of machines.