Video: Google’s Data Center Security
April 22nd, 2011 By: Rich Miller
Google today released a video showcasing the security and data protection practices in its data centers, which includes some interesting footage from the company’s data center in South Carolina. Most of the tour focuses on physical security and access control, including the security gates and biometric tools (iris scanners, in this case). It also showcases Google’s methodology for wiping and destroying hard disk drives when they fail or are taken out of service, including an on-site disk shredder. At about the 4 minute mark there’s the briefest of glimpses of the data center area, which shows tape libraries. This video runs about 7 minutes.
Near the end of the video there’s a reference to Google’s use of additional security measures not shown in the video – which can only be a reference to the sharks with friggin’ laser beams on their heads. Here’s a look at some of the coverage from Google’s previous disclosures about its data centers at the 2009 Data Center Efficiency Summit:
Looks interesting. I wonder if they handle the challenge of moving large files from different network zones in the data center using physical or/and network solutions.
I would try appengine if they had support for PHP.
PaulPosted April 23rd, 2011
Erdos, good developers are proficient in at least three programming languages and of those three it will be at least Java or Python, which, are both supported by Google App Engine. Please learn Java and/or Python. Not all problems can be resolved by PHP. Granted it is turing complete but certain projects will need to to use java/python, and then what ? You will change jobs ?
A convenient time that this video comes out considering Amazons woes? Still, I do like that hard drive shredder. Much of the security is what I have laready used in many Equinix DC’s, but the heat signature tracking is cool too.
gregPosted April 23rd, 2011
3:08 – Is that Windows XP running on a computer inside their data center? Not a good look for a security promotion video.
SnugglesPosted April 23rd, 2011
Black Mesa! (First!)
monkey_doPosted April 23rd, 2011
it is very very very sad to see them destroy the magnets inside the harddisks.
perfectly good, usable magnets .. destroyed :` (
Thanks for the video. It is so cool!
blaPosted April 23rd, 2011
There are reasons they don’t support PHP in the appengine. Grow up and learn a real language.
PHP is deadPosted April 23rd, 2011
PHP is dead.
Jeff DickensPosted April 23rd, 2011
Python will make you write better code.
MattPosted April 23rd, 2011
@erdos: translation: “I would try appengine if I could code my way out of a paper sack instead of copy-pasting at random from Stackoverflow.”
JimPosted April 23rd, 2011
Interesting. If you look on google earth, none of the features shown in the video regarding gates, security, or the cooling lake are visible. It’s just a building with a parking lot. I wonder if that’s the real data center.
GregPosted April 23rd, 2011
Get real guys, if you can’t make it work in PHP, you’re not real programmers. Python is great, as is Java, both of which I used before PHP. Our team has written an http server and an http crawler in PHP. The combination of high level abstraction combined with low level access (you can use pointers in PHP) makes it by far the best scripting language in my opinion.
Just because it’s easier to use for noobs does not make it any less impressive as a language. There isn’t anything you can do in python that you can’t do in PHP. There’s a reason php is the most prominent web scripting language… by far…
RalphPosted April 23rd, 2011
Risk Management… for unarmed threats only.
Physical security is weak. A total destruction plan would use a truck bomb that would drive to the left of the guard shack through the open egress lane. Even if there were erectable tire spikes it would not stop solid tired trucks.
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hansPosted April 23rd, 2011
So this is just Google propaganda as a response to Facebook’s truly open data center designs. Google is just a proprietary hardware and proprietary software company. They just confirmed that with the Android 3.0 fiasco.
Troy MPosted April 23rd, 2011
The workaround, as with other languages that you want to run on GAE that aren’t Java or Python, is to use a Java based engine for your language of choice. Check out Quercus which would allow you to run PHP code on GAE.
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fredPosted April 24th, 2011
The point of those security measures is not to prevent data destruction, but to prevent data theft. The only safe bit is a bleached one.
Regardless, they would no doubt have geo-redundant storage to prepare for such an eventuality. You (I assume) Americans really need to kick your habit for arming yourselves to the teeth and realise that hostility towards fellow countrymen is not something that will get you anywhere. I’m specifically addressing those who believe keeping a shotgun under your bed makes your neighbourhood a safer place. Google is an info-tech company, not a paramilitary force.
PatrickPosted April 24th, 2011
The web servers in this video look different to those in this article: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/04/01/googles-custom-web-server-revealed/
I wonder how they implemented the hard drive status on the front of the server.
ZTigerPosted April 25th, 2011
But how well does their data center handle a zombie attack? That front gate looks like a week spot.
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andygPosted May 16th, 2011
Seen better, you want to see the security in the VISA / Mastercard credit card data processing centres and non US government DC’s , no laptops, sticks, phones cameras, weigh in and weigh out, biometric’s makes google look like boy scouts! just a marketing promo, putting them on Google earth for a start is pretty funny
It made me wonder why Google is releasing this video and making such information go public. Data security centers should be confidential just like Area 51 of the US government. Even though it’s just a snippet, it could still be used by anyone as a potential hacking tool.
Or is Google making a coy out of us? Perhaps…
iWarlockPosted June 13th, 2011
Skynet is almost complete. I wonder if in 5 years there’s still just one dude guarding the entry gates or if it will be t800′s ready to take your retina scan