What is a data centre?

Raxio data centre is set to open its state-of-the-art facility soon as it’s on a mission to allow networks to interconnect directly and exchange data traffic, with the consequence of securing cheaper, faster and more reliable internet. In this article, we shall address the lingering question “What is a data centre?” At the end of this article, you will get more insight into what to expect from a facility like the one at Raxio Data centre.

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What is a data centre and how does it operate?

At its simplest, a data centre is a physical facility that organizations use to house their critical applications and data. A data centre’s design is based on a network of computing and storage resources that enable the delivery of shared applications and data. The key components of a data centre design include routers, switches, firewalls, storage systems, servers, and application delivery controllers.

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What defines a modern data center?

As we answer “what is a data centre?” we take a look at what modern data centres entail. Modern data centres are very different from what they were just a short time ago. Infrastructure has shifted from traditional on-premises physical servers to virtual networks that support applications and workloads across pools of physical infrastructure and into a multi-cloud environment.

In this era, data exists and is connected across multiple data centers, the edge, and public and private clouds. The data center must be able to communicate across these multiple sites, both on-premises and in the cloud. Even the public cloud is a collection of data centers. When applications are hosted in the cloud, they are using data center resources from the cloud provider.

Why are data centers important to business?

In the world of enterprise IT, data centers are designed to support business applications and activities that include:

  • Email and file sharing
  • Productivity applications
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and databases
  • Big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning
  • Virtual desktops, communications and collaboration services

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What are the core components of a data center?

Data center design includes routers, switches, firewalls, storage systems, servers, and application delivery controllers. Because these components store and manage business-critical data and applications, data center security is critical in data center design. Together, they provide:

Network infrastructure. This connects servers (physical and virtualized), data center services, storage, and external connectivity to end-user locations.

Storage infrastructure. Data is the fuel of the modern data center. Storage systems are used to hold this valuable commodity.

Computing resources. Applications are the engines of a data center. These servers provide the processing, memory, local storage, and network connectivity that drive applications.

How do data centers operate?

Data center services are typically deployed to protect the performance and integrity of the core data center components.

Network security appliances. These include firewall and intrusion protection to safeguard the data center.

Application delivery assurance. To maintain application performance, these mechanisms provide application resiliency and availability via automatic failover and load balancing.

What is in a data center facility?

Data center components require significant infrastructure to support the center’s hardware and software. These include power subsystems, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), ventilation, cooling systems, fire suppression, backup generators, and connections to external networks.

As Raxio data centre opens soon, hopefully this article on “what is a data centre?” has given you insight on what you can expect from the facility and how it operates.

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