It can be hard to truly wrap our minds around the concept of how the internet works. Sometimes it is easier to just think about the internet abstractly, “my data lives in a cloud somewhere hovering over the world.”   In reality, the internet is a series of supercomputers connected by fiber optic lines all running at the speed of light. These computers feed into Data centers which are the invisible backbone of the internet as we know it.  We have compiled information relating to three of the Internets largest driving forces, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Rarely do we think about where the data is stored when we post a selfie or vacation photos on Facebook, or where or even how does Google store your Gmail.


Joe Kava, VP of Google’s Data Center Operations, gives a tour of  Google’s South Carolina’s  data center and shares details about the security, sustainability and the core architecture of Google’s infrastructure.

Did you know that Facebook employs one engineer for every one million users on the site? Did you know that your Facebook Profile lives in the state of Oregon in a massive 300,000 square feet data center? Or even that Facebook host over 100 Petabytes of Photos and videos!  That’s a staggering 100,000 GB of photos and videos. Think about it this way, you very likely have a one Terabyte (1,000GB) hard drive on your personal computer.   This information and more are included in the videos below.

Microsoft is by far one of the largest players in the data storage market. Microsoft has an extensive infrastructure of Data Centers all around the world consisting of an incredible  100 datacenters with 1 million servers, content distribution networks, edge computing nodes, and fiber optic networks.  These host everything from Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive and the Windows Azure platform.