Google just had its ribbon cutting ceremony for its new data center in Lenoir, NC. Data Center Knowledge reports on how tight security was.
Google held a ceremony yesterday to mark the official opening of its $600 million data center project in Lenoir, North Carolina. The band played Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" and curious local residents dined on barbecue, beans, hushpuppies and cole slaw. North Carolina Governor Mike Easley joined local officials and Google managers for a ribbon cutting.
But there was no tour of the facility, as Google continued its practice of tight information control about its data center facilities. The Charlotte Observer reported that guests attending the event had to pass through seven separate security guard checks.
Clint Boulton of eWeek's Google Watch blog, who was apparently the only reporter from a technology publication invited to attend, also noted the tight security. "On the drive in, I was stopped, in this order, by: 1) a Google security guard 2) a state trooper 3) another Google security guard 4) yet another Google security guard and 5) if you guess it, you get the prize," Clint writes.
And, on the same day. TechNet Edge posts another interview with Mike Manos on Microosft's Chicago Data Center using containers, showing an animated inside tour.
Could there be any more opposite data center communication events on the same day?