In the age of advancing technology, the way we operate has drastically gone up in efficiency. Companies these days operate with so much information and data that as it grows, its means of handling the data and information can become exhausted and won’t be able to keep. The amount of data in a company can only build up and there comes a time where it will require the assistance of another kind of company; one that specializes in the storing and managing of this data and information. This is where an enterprise data center comes in.
A data center is basically a facility that works in the organization of a company’s information technology operations as well as the equipment used for such. It is in a data center where a company’s data is being stored, managed, and easily accessed from. As to the kinds of data centers there are generally two classifications. First, internet-facing which provide support to only a few apps and is browser based and services to more users. The second, enterprise data centers, services to fewer users but has the capacity to service to more applications.
How well an enterprise data center operates is based on how it is built or designed. For operations to happen efficiently, there should be a balance on the facility and equipment being invested into in the data center. Data centers can be broken down into the following elements.
- The facility – This is known as the usable space of the enterprise data center and it is where the IT equipment is being housed. Because data centers operate round-the-clock to make the information of the clients readily available to them, they consume o a lot of energy. A facility should be designed with environmental control in mind to maintain the right conditions for the equipment to function.
- The supporting infrastructure – Because of how a data center operates, it should have the proper infrastructure to support its operation maintaining the highest level of efficiency and be reliable for its clients. A good data center must have a power source which is uninterruptable in case any black outs happen, it must have to right environmental control such as ventilation and air conditioning as the equipment in a data center can get hot and it must have the right security systems installed to protect all that data.
- The IT equipment – A data center needs to have the actual IT equipment in order for it to operate. It is in the equipment where they store and organize the data of all of their clients. The IT equipment includes the servers, hardware for storage, lots of cables and racks, as well as security elements for the facility which includes firewalls.
- The operation staff – In an enterprise data center, all the equipment has to be maintained and monitored round the clock which is why the facility needs to have operation staff who will constantly go over these to make sure that they are functioning properly and no issue will arise.