Frequently asked questions
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our data centers.
What is a data center?
A data center is a facility with many computers that store and process large amounts of information. Our data centers keep all of Google’s products and services up and running around the clock and around the world. Whenever you access Gmail, edit your documents, or search for information on Google, you're using one of our data centers and have the power of a supercomputer at your fingertips. Learn more about our approach to environmentally responsible data centers.
Can I visit a data center?
Because we take security very seriously at our data centers, we cannot offer public tours at this time. However, you can watch our 360° tour of our data center at The Dalles, Oregon and browse our photo gallery.
What's it like to work at the data center?
Google data center staff ensure that the facility’s computers are running at their highest speed and efficiency 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our jobs require a variety of skills and backgrounds — from entry-level technology assistants to experienced data center managers. Meet the amazing people behind the technology that lets us build for everyone, and browse our career opportunities.
How does Google incorporate climate action into its energy use?
In our third decade of climate action, we’re targeting our most ambitious sustainability goal to date: to run on 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 – everywhere and all the time. We’re on the path to making it happen: five of our data centers around the globe are now operating near or above 90% carbon-free energy and in 2020, we achieved 67% around-the-clock carbon-free energy across all Google data centers, up from 61% in 2019. We also fulfilled our fourth consecutive year of 100% renewable energy matching on an annual basis. By focusing on 24/7 carbon-free power, we are accelerating the transition to a clean energy future for all.
Can I take photos of the data center?
We’ve done the work for you! Take a look inside Google’s data centers around the world and see the technology, people, and places that keep our products online.
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