Stormtrooper Stands Guard at Google’s NC Data Center

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Journey inside Google’s Lenoir, North Carolina data center through Street View and you’ll find something interesting: A stormtrooper stands guard over the company’s server room.  It is, however, not the only sight from Star Wars you’ll find. A miniature R2D2 is also present.

The Internet giant made the data center available on Street View Wednesday, in addition to launching a new site titled Where the Internet lives. There, users can explore high definition images of the company’s various data center facilities in locations including Iowa, Oregon, Georgia and Finland.

“Very few people have stepped inside Google’s data centers, 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. 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,” says the company through its blog.

Google continues, “Today, for the first time, you can see inside our data centers and pay them a virtual visit.”

The company routinely keeps users updated on information pertinent to its data centers. Last month, Google announced that its Oklahoma facility would begin using wind power from an upcoming energy project nearby.