Where the internet lives…

Google opens its doors to provide a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the internet.

Have you ever wondered about what happens when you search on Google or when you watch a You Tube video?

The internet has become such a mainstream part of daily life that it almost seems like it exists somewhere out there in an unseen and invisible network that literally lives in the ethers.

All the internet language implies a floaty, insubstantial world of intangible information and mysterious interconnections. We see words like Google, the Cloud, information super highway, and ethernet and assume that it’s all out there somewhere, drifting around in an unseen world of its own.

But it’s not! The internet is a physical place and is located in countries such as the USA, Finland and Belgium and with more centres planned for Chile; Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Check out Google’s new initiative to show it’s ‘Server farms’ – enormous complexes that require very physical systems to carry out its daily work; systems such as cooling towers, air vents, colourful cables and water pipes, that are housed in complexes so vast that staff are given bicycles to get around the workspace!

According to Google:

When you’re on a Google website (like right now), you’re accessing one of the most powerful server networks in the known Universe. But what does that actually look like? Here’s your chance to see inside what we’re calling the physical Internet.

The initiative called ‘Where the internet lives’ can be seen here  (www.google.com/about/datacenters)  and also offers an ‘Up my street’ type virtual tour of a data centre – streetview  (www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/streetview)

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