18/10/2012 08:24 BST | Updated 17/12/2012 10:12 GMT

Google Data Centre Pics Reveal Stormtrooper Guard (PICTURES)

Google has given us a rare glimpse inside its massive array of data centres - and the pictures make for fascinating viewing.

But when we originally reported on the search giant's amazing photos there was one thing we missed.

Their servers are guarded by a stormtrooper. From Star Wars.

That's right, a fully-armoured and probably fictional stormtrooper is potentially all that stands between the most important data centres on the internet and disaster.

Google didn't address the trooper directly, but did say their pics represented "the physical internet". And, really, if such a thing existed, wouldn't you pretty much expect it to have a Star Wars reference in their somewhere?

"When you're on a Google website (like right now), you're accessing one of the most powerful server networks in the known Universe," Google said.

"But what does that actually look like? Here's your chance to see inside what we're calling the physical Internet."