1Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center
2Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center – Google Gate
3Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center – Halt! Who Goes There?
4Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center – Sci-Fi Movie Set?
5Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center – North Carolina Governor Thanks Google
North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley talks about how the data center is bringing hundreds of jobs to Caldwell County . “This is important that Google is here and managing this right. We have a lot invested in this, and this is a great county for you to be in,” he told the 100 or so people who attended the ceremony. “We’re certain that Google will put its best foot forward, and I don’t think Google has anything but good feet.”
6Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center – Definition
Andy Johnson, Google’s manager of global data center development, says Lenoir lured Google with its hard workers and culture. For non-techies, Johnson explained the Google data center as a “bunch of computers that are going to serve you search queries and Gmail requests.” That’s simplifying things a bit. Johnson told eWEEK after the event that the machines inside run Google’s distributed computing infrastructure, including BigTable, MapReduce and the Global File System.
7Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center – Ribbon Cutting
From left to right, Google data center manager Tom Jacobik, Lenoir Mayor David Barlow, North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley, Caldwell County Board of Commissioners Chairman Herb Greene and Google’s Andy Johnson cut the ribbon to the Lenoir data center. Though the data center is not complete, the event confirmed that the facility is on its way.
8Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center – Google Invites Lenoir Community for a Barbecue
After the ribbon was cut, several buses took the ceremony attendants and some 2,000 Lenoir residents up the hill to a flattened construction site for a barbecue. In addition to pulled pork, baked beans and hush puppies from the local Hannah’s Bar-B-Q, the gathering included live music, as well as a tent in which Google demonstrated its search and other apps for the attendees. Pictured here: a tent full of Googlers discussing what they do at the data center.
10Welcome to Googles Lenoir, N.C., Data Center – Whats Inside?
This is the closest eWEEK got to a look inside the data center. It’s dark and, again, it is impossible to tell what is housed within, even though the doors are open (teasing curious passersby). Notice the security tape.