Google builds some of the largest, most sophisticated, and energy efficient data centers in the world. Unfortunately for data center professionals who don’t work for the company, Google data centers are closed to them.
Today at the first user conference for Google’s cloud infrastructure services in San Francisco, the company launched a 360-degree video tour of one of its data centers. The conference, called Google Cloud Platform Next, is where the company’s top management are attempting to make the case to the industry that Google is not only serious about enterprise cloud but plans to lead in the space, currently dominated by Amazon Web Services and, in a distant second position, Microsoft Azure.
The company also announced at the event the launch of two new cloud data centers, in Oregon and Tokyo, and plans to launch 10 more between now and the end of 2017.
Here’s the 360-degree Google data center tour. Use a tablet or a smartphone to view, but Google recommends that the best way to view it is on Google Cardboard: