Sweet, sweet GB, all round the house. Of course, our internet connection is only 150MB, but it's handy for moving files around.
Personally I'm more impressed by something that's small and efficient in these days, rather than something massive.
We have VPNs to each data centre and client site and administer them over SSH generally. Some systems (eg ones dealing with customer details like credit cards) we have a single external facing host with Yubikey authentication to reach that network, and we use SSH port tunnelling to reach other hosts.
This (presumed) takeover is actually a move back to the old days of government control, although I'd assume more as a way of establishing control rather than paying lip service to socialist ideals.
I can only assume that Google don't see it as much of a loss of revenue, or that whoever is in charge of the decision doesn't like adverts.
*(It wasn't until I was round at someone's house, and they showed me something on youtube which had an ad on it that I even realised they existed, apparently this was at least a year after they were introduced.)
Ideal spot for a launch site!