A peek inside Lenoir’s ‘beating heart of digital age’

“If you’re looking for the beating heart of the digital age — a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest — you could do a lot worse than Lenoir, North Carolina….

“Here I am, in a huge white building in Lenoir, standing near a reinforced door with a party of Googlers, ready to become that rarest of species: an outsider who has been inside one of the company’s data centers and seen the legendary server floor….

“[Afterward] I feel almost levitated by my peek inside Google’s inner sanctum. But a few weeks later, back at the Googleplex in Mountain View, I realize that my epiphanies have limited shelf life. Google’s intention is to render the data center I visited obsolete.”

— From “Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center” by Steven Levy in Wired (October 17) 

For the rest of us there’s a just-released virtual tour of the Lenoir facility, including its NASCAR-themed office decor.