Google Is Offering a Virtual Reality Tour of Data Centers
The vast majority of cloud companies prefer to keep information about their data centers a secret. The reason for this is the common belief that sharing less information will make it harder for cyber criminals to hack into their data centers. While most cloud companies are reluctant to allow customers to tour data centers, Google recently released a virtually real tour of its The Dalles, Oregon data center on YouTube.
As you probably expect from anything made by Google, the virtual tour is incredibly interesting and innovative. Sandeep Dinesh, a Google developer, leads the virtual reality tour. Not only do you get to tour the facility, but you are also able to meet some of the engineers who keep Google Cloud running. The virtual reality tour allows you to look around the data center in all directions by using the controller at the upper-left corner of the screen. You also have the option of using Google Cardboard, which are virtual reality goggles, to watch the tour.
At the beginning of the virtual tour, Dinesh guides the viewer inside the building. Dinesh and other engineers mention all the issues an IT team might encounter with the public cloud. You will also get to see the security precautions Google has taken with this data center. For example, the Google security gate features a Plexiglas cylinder, which is capable of scanning the retinas of visitors. During the tour, Dinesh shows the many fiber cables that run through the racks of servers in the data center. One of the engineers note that the cloud network of Google is growing faster than the Internet.
Google launched the virtual reality tour to coincide with Google’s Compute Summit, which is taking place in San Francisco. Since this video mentions and even addresses many major issues that IT departments bring up when considering the cloud, it is evident that this is one of Google’s many efforts to persuade large corporations to switch to Google Cloud.
As of now, it is unknown whether Google will neglect small businesses and entrepreneurs in favor of large corporations when it comes to its cloud services.