What are Data Centers?
Data centers are places where servers and other networking equipment are located. They collect, store, process, and distribute data and have access to large amounts of data. The data centers around today can have thousands of servers running in a single room, hosting a significant amount of data for websites, businesses, and more.
How are Data Centers Set Up?
Data centers usually consist of rows of servers stacked together and connected to allow them to communicate together. The servers hold all the data that goes through the data center, including websites, storage, networking, and more. They can offer access to private cloud storage for individuals or huge amounts of cloud storage for any size of businesses as well as run computer software, online games, e-commerce transactions, and a lot more. The raised flooring is another important component of data center setup. There are a lot of different floor heights and types. Rather than get into a lengthy explanation here, check out this rather informative site for explanations of the dozens of different types of floors. We used a flooring company called Virginia Flooring Pros for ours. They sell regular home flooring but also have a good selection of raised options.
The Importance of Data Centers Today
The amount of data online doubled between 2011 and 2012. It’s expected to be more than 20 times the 2012 amount by 2020. That is a lot of data, and it all needs to be stored somewhere. As most of the data online is stored in the cloud, it is actually stored on the servers in a remote data center. Data centers are increasingly crucial as the amount of data needing to be stored continues to increase, and the number of individuals and businesses relying on cloud data goes up.
Who Needs Data Centers?
Most businesses are going to rely on a data center for their business transactions as well as their website hosting. They will likely not keep servers on hand, as they would need to continue purchasing more servers as the business grows and would need to hire someone to care for the services. Instead, they’ll use the servers located at a data center, allowing them access to all of the storage they need and the ability to scale up as the business grows.
The Security of Data Centers
Data centers need to be kept secure as they often host sensitive or proprietary data. Often, they will have robust security on-site to handle the potential for someone to try to break in. They’ll also have digital security to prevent hackers from gaining access to the data stored there as well as emergency equipment to protect the workers and the equipment in case of a natural disaster.
If you are managing a business website, using cloud hosting is a great idea because of the benefits it offers. If you do opt for cloud hosting, the data for the website will be stored in a data center, where it can be accessed as needed and kept secure.
While this is more a point related to the aesthetic appearance of a data center you are building out from scratch and not related to the functioning of the data center (I mention this only because we dealt with it in the construction of our own), getting the outside visually appealing shows the ownership pays attention to detail that is often overlooked in this industry and can leave quite a lasting impression on potential customers. We hired both a landscaping company and an irrigation company to do the work of making the place look as good as possible from the outside. These two companies happen to work together frequently and did many of the neighboring buildings and came highly recommended. I would note that for many data centers this is not an issue, but if it is, be sure to give it proper attention.