IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Google Shows Off Data Center Security to Impress Enterprise Apps Users

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-04-27 Print this article Print
Moncks Corner

Moncks Corner

The exterior of Google's data center in Moncks Corner, S.C., is deliberately nondescript.
Google April 22 took the unprecedented step of providing a glimpse into its data center security operations, both from a physical security standpoint and a data protection angle. Some will say it's about time, but it's certainly curious how Google produced and published this 7-minute YouTube video three weeks after Facebook provided a highly detailed tour of its data center in Prineville, Ore., to showcase its Open Compute Project. However, Google positioned the peek at its hardware infrastructure as a boon for businesses mulling whether or not to choose its Google Apps collaboration software. Data generated from Google Apps programs like Docs are hosted in data centers such as the one pictured in the video. Google charges $50 per user per year for the more secure enterprise-grade Google Apps for Business. The search engine giant selected its facility in Moncks Corner, S.C., to demonstrate how it locks up data, using everything from security guards to retinal camera scans to protect its consumers' information. Walk through this eWEEK slideshow to see how Google secures its users' data.

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