360-degree videos, while not quite as immersive as virtual reality, can transport you to any place in the world. With the ability to look in all directions, it’s almost like you’re really there — without the need to actually travel.
Google just put up a fantastic 360-degree video tour of one of its massive data centers, showing off how its Google Cloud platform works. If you’ve ever wondered where and how your data is stored, this immersive video is definitely one worth checking out.
The 8-minute-long, 360-degree video is viewable on the web (just use your mouse to move around in the video above) and in Google Cardboard for Android with the YouTube app. iOS isn’t currently supported. For best results in your browser, we recommend watching it in 4K (2160p) if you can.
In the video, Sandeep, a developer advocate on the Google Cloud platform, takes you on a tour of the Google Data Center infrastructure at Dalles, Oregon.
The data center is highly secured, and like something you’d see in a spy movie, employees need to go through a biometric iris scan. Then, employees, one at a time, go through a circle lock door and use dual authentication to get in.
*Mouse Controls = Drag to Orbit/Look