Google data centres as art

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Google says it destroys all failed drives on site, to help keep user data safe. (St. Ghislain, Belgium)

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A view of the data centre at Hamina, Finland, taken while standing on the frozen Gulf of Finland.

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These colourful pipes send and receive water for cooling. Also pictured is a G-Bike, the vehicle of choice for team members to get around outside our data centres. (Douglas County, Georgia)

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Pipes like these are kept ready with highly-pressurised water in case of a fire. (Douglas County, Georgia)

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In case anything should happen to Google’s data, they have it all backed up. One of the places they back up information is here in the tape library. Robotic arms (visible at the end of the aisle) assist in loading and unloading tapes. (Berkeley County, South Carolina)

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These cables are organised by their specific hue. On the floor, Google says it can make things less technical: “Hand me a blue one." (The Dalles, Oregon)

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Denise Harwood diagnoses an overheated CPU. (The Dalles, Oregon)

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Insulated pipes like these have a U-bend so they can expand and contract as the fluid temperature inside the pipe changes. (Douglas County, Georgia)

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Thousands of feet of pipe line the inside of Google’s data centres. They paint them bright colours not only because it's fun, but also to designate which one is which. The bright pink pipe in this photo transfers water from the row of chillers (the green units on the left) to a outside cooling tower. (Douglas County, Georgia)

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Blue LEDs on a row of servers show everything is running smoothly. Google uses LEDs because they are energy efficient, long lasting and bright. (Douglas County, Georgia)

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An overhead view of one of Google’s cooling plants, where seawater from the Gulf of Finland cools the data centre. (Hamina, Finland)

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A rare look behind the server aisle. Here, hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the server racks into a cooling unit to be recirculated. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of servers. (Mayes County, Oklahoma)

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