Visual tour: Inside Google's data centers

Google's insistence on order and efficiency leads to some surprisingly colorful data centers

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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 center at Hamina, Finland, taken while standing on the frozen Gulf of Finland.

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

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Pipes like these are kept ready with highly-pressurized 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 organized 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 centers. They paint them bright colors 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)