What is a Data Center?

A data center is a facility that houses an organization’s IT operations, data and equipment. They are usually located in large buildings that can be found anywhere around the world. There are two kinds of data centers, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

  • Enterprise: Think of these like data centers dedicated to the corporations they belong to. These are owned by large tech companies such as Google, Yahoo and Amazon.
  • Colocation: These data centers offer businesses a secure space to host their servers and data. In a sense, it’s like cohabitation for your servers.

Within a colocation data center, there are two primary services available for businesses.

  • Managed Colocation: For this service, you will be able to host your server at the data center as well as have on-site engineers monitor and manage your equipment.
  • Colocation: Colocation allows you to house your servers at the data center. All management of servers would be your responsibility.

Every data center facility holds a standard of security for protection. Here are different tiers of security explained below:

  • Tier I: 99.671% availability with no more than 1729 minutes of downtime annually and zero redundancy
  • Tier II: 99.741% uptime with a partial redundancy in power and cooling operations
  • Tier III: 99.982% uptime with 95 minutes of downtime annually with N+1 redundancy
  • Tier IV: 99.995% uptime with  2N + 1 fully-redundant infrastructure with 26 minutes of downtime a year

Beyond the tiers, there are other unique security features a facility might enable — think controlled environments, on-site security staff and mantraps. To discover more unique features, download our free Data Center comparison guide, which includes a checklist for you to complete.

The Data Center and Cloud

People often wonder how a data center relates to the cloud and data. When you talk about the cloud, what you’re actually referring to is a storage database located in a data center. So whenever you store a photo on the cloud, it’s actually living on a storage server. And this is similar to where data travels and lives; when you’re submitting data to a website, it lives on a database server in a data center.

For many organizations, hosting servers in a data center facility is a cost-effective, secure way to keep their network up and running, no matter what. And the advantages don’t just stop there.

Besides being a secure area for businesses to host servers and store data, there are many different reasons people and businesses use data centers, which include:

  • Scalability
  • Quality of Service
  • Guaranteed Continuity
  • Outsourcing Maintenance
  • Uptime
  • Low Latency

While all these factors are important, there are other factors to consider such as geography, scalability and accessibility.  Our data centers at TelNet Worldwide offer a unique array of features to accommodate security and storage. If you would like to take a tour, Contact us Today!

Lauren Bronston

Lauren is a Content Writer and SEO Specialist for TelNet Worldwide. When she’s not diving into data centers or SIP Trunking, Lauren writes TV scripts and builds music playlists for fun. Want to know more? Follow Lauren on LinkedIn.
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