Google shows what's under the hood

Last updated 09:56 18/10/2012

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Google has opened up its data centres for the first time, showing the intricate maze of cables and computers that power much of the online world.

The internet company today launched a website, where users can take a look inside "where the internet lives".

"Very few people have stepped inside Google's data centres, and for good reason: our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard," Google said.

"While we've shared many of our designs and best practices, and we've been publishing our efficiency data since 2008, only a small set of employees have access to the server floor itself."

Google has hundreds of thousands of servers located around the world, from a converted paper mill in Hamina, Finland to a warehouse in Iowa, United States.

The closest server to New Zealand will be in Singapore, with the company expected to complete a new building in Juroung West in early 2013.

"Today, for the first time, you can see inside our data centres and pay them a virtual visit," Google said.

"You'll get a never-before-seen look at the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running."

The new website, Where the Internet Lives, features photographs of the servers and a virtual tour of Lenoir, North Carolina's data centre.

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