Google Berkeley County
Google is very happy to be located in Berkeley County, South Carolina. We announced our plans to build a data center here in early 2007, and today we are a fully operational site that has already begun benefitting our users around the world. We have had an excellent experience in Berkeley County as we've built out this $600 million investment, and we look forward to being a part of the Berkeley County community for many years to come.
Inside Google Berkeley County
What is a data center?
A data center is a facility used for housing a large amount of computers that store and serve vast amounts of data. Most medium to large-sized companies have, or use, some kind of data center. But for Google, data centers are especially important.
Super-sized storage space
What Google does is not so different from what the human brain does, processing and storing ideas, words, images and all the context that weaves them together. We just do it on a far greater scale.
Let's use the Google search engine as an example. Our computers regularly "crawl" the Internet, storing a copy of every web page encountered. Then we index each page based on the information it contains. When you do a Google search, we look up your search terms in our index and then list the web pages that best match your search. This entire process takes place in our data centers.
Data center in action
Copies of all those web pages are stored on computers in our data centers. All the indexing and processing that goes into answering your searches is done on computers in our data centers. It's a big job, and we need lots of computers to do it, and lots of data centers to house those computers. The people who work in the data center keep the computers up and running every minute of every day. They monitor, diagnose, fix and replace all of the data center's machines and systems as needed, so Google can provide search results and other services around the clock to our millions of users.
Life at Google Berkeley County
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