1. In Photos: Inside the Internet

    Photographs of what “the cloud” actually looks like
  2. 1 / 15 New higher capacity fiber-optic cables are fitted onto a rack, replacing slower copper cabling. Peter Garritano
  3. 2 / 15 Techs are on-site 24/7 to diagnose and fix issues for clients without immediate access to their equipment. Peter Garritano
  4. 3 / 15 A customer's servers are installed in vacant space on a rack at 325 Hudson. Peter Garritano
  5. 4 / 15 Biometric mantraps (double-locking doors) are common security protections. Peter Garritano
  6. 5 / 15 Twisted-pair copper cables form a dense nest around a technician at 60 Hudson. Peter Garritano
  7. 6 / 15 Electrical switches transfer and distribute power. Peter Garritano
  8. 7 / 15 Technical drawings on a whiteboard Peter Garritano
  9. 8 / 15 Raised floors are commonly used to manage wiring and channel cool air ducts directly to server arrays. Peter Garritano
  10. 9 / 15 Ceiling tiles removed for maintenance reveal various conduit—both fiber cabling and utility lines. Peter Garritano
  11. 10 / 15 Build-out begins on a floor that will become colocated space. Peter Garritano
  12. 11 / 15 A network operations center (NOC) where a facility is monitored and controlled Peter Garritano
  13. 12 / 15 Security guards in the lobby of 60 Hudson Street, originally built as Western Union's headquarters in 1930 Peter Garritano
  14. 13 / 15 In a sub-basement, redundant utility equipment and diesel fuel are stored for disaster recovery. Peter Garritano
  15. 14 / 15 Fiber-optic cables enter and exit carrier hotels through underground vaults. Some of these cables run local connections, others are on their way to eventually cross the Atlantic. Peter Garritano
  16. 15 / 15 Fans move heat exhaust off the roof at 60 Hudson Street. Peter Garritano
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