Video of the Day: Inside a Google Data Center

By Nicholas Jackson

Getting inside of one of Google's massive data centers is a pretty rare feat, All Things Digital's Arik Hesseldahl points out. "To coincide with Earth Day ... Google decided to give a little peek inside its data center in Moncks Corner, South Carolina." Eager to show that its centers, even the ones located in the dirty triangle around the Carolinas, rely less on coal-generated power than those of Facebook, Twitter, Apple and the other big tech giants, Google opened the doors. The video embedded below was released after Greenpeace's damning Dirty Data report on the effects that data centers -- and the Internet in general -- is having on our environment.

"The bulk of the video focuses more on how Google protects data belonging to its customers with multiple layers of physical security (hint: don't even think of trying to sneak in), and destroying hard drives when they wear out," Hesseldahl explains. "After watching it twice, what I really want to know is this: Where can I get myself one of those crushers?"

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