18 strange things spotted inside a Google data center

This is what happens when Google turns Street View on itself

Google on Wednesday published a video showing off some of the insides of its Lenoir, N.C., data center (see the video in my ITworld.TV post here), offering a peek-behind-the-curtain of the inner workings one of the biggest companies in the world (at least their data center operations).

But Google being Google, that's not cool enough. Why not take a whole bunch of pictures via the Street View mechanism, and allow people to tour the site on their own? So that's what they did.

[ Visit a Google Data Center ... if you dare! ]

Here's a roundup of some of the best things that we saw when we took the Street View tour:

Google Snack Center

Every office has some vending machines, of course, but it's kind of awkward when the Street View camera captures you with a pile of food trying to get back to your desk.

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Stormtrooper guarding the servers

In case anyone has any thoughts about breaking into the data center to try and steal some data or servers, watch out, there's a Stormtrooper (and very tiny R2-D2) guarding this aisle.

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Android Earplugs

Little Android imagery kept popping up on our tour, but we especially liked the one here sitting on top of the giant case of earplugs (I guess it's noisy inside the data center).

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