Ever Wondered What’s In Google’s Data Centres?

Google is known for a lot of things but the company was built on data, the storage and searching of information from all over the internet. Typically these things are locked behind closed doors but Google wants to show it all through an eight-minute video tour showing you everything you need to see in Google’s Data Centres.

First off you need security clearance, as even for Google employees the sites are normally locked down. After a small interview regarding all the different bits and systems that help ensure a 24-7 service of their systems. Stepping into the actual data centre requires more than just a pass as you need to get through a circle door locked by an iris scanner as part of the dual authentication.

Through the entire video, you can see how large a data centre is with it giving you just a small glimpse of the building. In an interview with Virginia, one of the people responsible for the network it’s revealed that a single building can support up to 75,000 machines while transmitting over a petabit of data per second.

They even go into detail about how data and drives are removed from the system. First, the drives are wiped only to then be placed in what is essentially a wood chipper designed just for hard drives.

Take the tour in the video below and see for yourself just how big a company Google is and how many steps it takes to protect both companies and customers data. Be warned though the video is a bit of an advert for Google’s cloud platform so it may be a little cheesy at times.

Epson Create First In-Office Recycling System

So you’re in the office and you print off several pages for a meeting or a project, once you’re done with them though you find the green bin and place them in the recycling. Weeks and weeks later that paper is being recycled and used in something else. Soon though you could find it all happening from inside the walls of your office.

Epson is best known for making printers, but this printer is a little different. Instead of taking those memes or cute kitty pictures you like so much, after putting in some of your used paper, within minutes, this printer will return you perfectly white paper ready for use.

By breaking down the input paper into the fibres that make it up before building them up into sheets, either A4 or A3 and with varying thickness and density settings, while making recovering the original document is pretty much impossible. Want some thicker paper for business cards? Why not something light for quick notes in an office? All made from last weeks paper, no problem.

The current printing rate is about 14 A4 sheets per minute, meaning in an eight-hour day you will create around  6,720 sheets of A4 paper all from the stuff you no longer want to use. By reducing the amount of water required the PaperLab is said to use a “dry process”, meaning a little water can create a large amount of paper rather than having to have the system build into the plumbing like more traditional recycling machines.