While shopping for your hosting provider you must have looked at the specifications of data centers mentioned by the QB hosting providers on their website.
Most of the hosting providers mention various things about the data centers, which they use, for example, their location, security features, and availability, but do you think that these are the only things which you should know about a data center?
The data centers play a very important role in your cloud experience and therefore you should be aware about the working, features, and key highlights of a data center. Without a world class data center, no QuickBooks hosting provider will be able to give you an enhanced cloud experience.
So, let’s learn a bit more about the data centers so that next time when you can be well-informed about the data centers being used by your current or potential cloud provider.
What is a data center?
Data centers are advanced facilities which are comprised of networked computers and storage that is used by other firms for processing, storing and organizing huge amounts of data. The data center is not a new concept, but it has gone through several levels of transformation since the introduction of computers.
A data center can be simple or complex, private or shared, and it can also vary from type I to type IV. Without an adequate infrastructure like power distribution, backup generator, air conditioning, CCTV surveillance, etc., a data center won’t be able to survive.
What are the different tiers of data centers?
The data centers have been divided into four tiers depending on their availability, infrastructure, security, bandwidth, etc. Following are the four different types of tiers which is used to categorize data centers:-
The components of a data center
Most of the people refer to data center as a single thing, but in actuality, a data center is composed of various different components like routers, servers, switches, security devices, storage system, application delivery controllers, etc. The operator of data center has to manage all these components effectively because they are vital for the continuity of the company. Following are the top priorities of any data center:-
The architecture of a data center
There is no restriction on space when it comes to setting up a data center or calling that space a data center, but successful implantation of data center requires careful consideration and preciseness. Along with the common issues of cost and taxes, the space for setting up a data center is selected on the basis of various other important factors like meteorological stability, seismic, geographical location, easy access to roads, effortless availability of power and telecommunication, and much more.
After the confirmation on the space for setting up data center, the further proceedings are carried out by keeping the mechanical and electrical infrastructure in mind, along with the composition and layout of the IT equipment.
What are the standards for data centers?
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA), set standards for data centers in 2005 so that the IT leaders can understand what type of infrastructure they need to build. The tiers mentioned at the start of this blog was a part of the standards set by both ANSI and TIA.
How the future of data centers will look like?
Like the all other technologies of the current era, the data centers are also going through a very vast transformation and soon the data centers with which we are currently familiar will no more be the same.
With all the businesses becoming more diverse, the data centers which will be powering their data storage and processing will need to become more agile and scalable. With the popularity of server virtualization, the quantity of traffic traveling laterally across the data centers has minimized traditional client-server traffic which moves in and out.
Following are the key changes which happen in the field of data center:-
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