DATA CENTER FACTS
Google owns and operates data centers around the world to keep their products running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Doing this in turn, allows Pick Cloud to offer the same availability to our clients. Take a look for yourself here.
DATA AND SECURITY
Pick Cloud and Google take security very seriously. Data is kept safe and secure by using a multitude of critical security features. Google designed their data centers with security in mind.
Security is part of our data centers’ DNA. We build custom servers exclusively for our data centers, never selling or distributing them externally. We’ve also designed them so they don’t include unnecessary hardware or software—reducing the number of potential vulnerabilities.
In case of a fire or any other disruption, data access is shifted automatically and seamlessly to another data center so you can keep working, uninterrupted. Emergency backup generators continue to power our data centers even in the event of a power failure.
Rather than storing each user’s data on a single machine or set of machines, all data is distributed—including Google’s—across many computers in different locations. Data is then chunked and replicated over multiple systems to avoid a single point of failure. These chunks are then randomly named as an extra measure of security, making them unreadable to the human eye.
Google’s servers automatically back up your critical data. So when accidents happen—if your computer crashes or gets stolen—you can be up and running again in seconds.
Lastly, Google rigorously tracks the location and status of each hard drive in our data centers. They destroy hard drives that have reached the end of their lives in a thorough, multi-step process to prevent access to the data.
Google’s security team is on-duty 24×7.
Google’s full-time Information Security Team maintains the company’s perimeter defense systems, develops security review processes, and builds our customized security infrastructure. It also plays a key role in developing and implementing Google’s security policies and standards.
At the data centers themselves, Google have access controls, guards, video surveillance, and perimeter fencing to physically protect the sites at all times.