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 now have a bold goal to achieve net-zero emissions across all of our operations and value chain, and as part of that goal, to run on 24/7 carbon-free energy (CFE) on every grid where we operate.
We’re proud of the progress we were able to make across many of our data center facilities in 2022: Seven of our 41 grid regions achieved at least 90% CFE and we achieved 64% around-the-clock carbon-free energy across all Google data centers. We also fulfilled our sixth consecutive year of 100% renewable energy matching, globally, on an annual basis. By advancing 24/7 carbon-free energy, 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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