Insider Information: A Rare Look Inside the Heart of Google

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As much of a codger Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens is, he was right – the internet is a series of tubes. This was made impressively apparent when Google revealed pictures of its data centers. It looks like what heaven would be for the Blue Man Group.

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The images range from networks of massive tinker toy-looking pipes to the artificial twilight glow of rows of servers. Google photographed and released the set themselves. All eight of their data centers are included in the aptly-titled photo exhibit Where the Internet Lives.

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These magnificent shots are a documentation of Google’s well-known meticulous organizational traits, as well as a demonstration of the company’s unique design aesthetic. A network of ducts is arranged and represented by the colors in the Google logo.

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Long aisles of servers resemble the corridors from the Death Star. A collection of insulated pipes fit the style that would make any steam punk enthusiast drool. These rare images were taken by photographer Connie Zhou.

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