It’s not often that I get to share something about the company I work for. Google, a company that tightly holds onto its secrets, doesn’t talk about its secret sauces. In spite of this, it remains one of the most open companies you will find on the inside as an employee. You walk through those doors and the world opens up to you. It’s a culture where information is free. A culture where the more you share and the more you ask the more you get. It’s a culture where people honestly want to help you succeed.
It is a rare occasion that Google will pull back the curtain and show off what makes Google, well, Google. Beyond the people, beyond the simple home page, beyond that small little search box lies a massive infrastructure of data centers that span the globe. A multibillion dollar investment of fiber and servers and code that every day, quite literally, download the internet.
The Wired article that published this morning puts it best:
This is what makes Google Google: its physical network, its thousands of fiber miles, and those many thousands of servers that, in aggregate, add up to the mother of all clouds. This multibillion-dollar infrastructure allows the company to index 20 billion web pages a day. To handle more than 3 billion daily search queries. To conduct millions of ad auctions in real time. To offer free email storage to 425 million Gmail users. To zip millions of YouTube videos to users every day. To deliver search results before the user has finished typing the query.
Steven Levy, Wired Magazine
So, with that in mind I invite you, for the first time, to take a look at the world behind the curtain. The mechanical and electronic dream that makes this information age possible. Take a look. This, is where the internet lives.
It’s an amazing place to work, something I’m proud to be a part of. Heres to making the world a better place.