Everything you need to know, what they are and what they offer to companies
Data Center, that “space” that houses servers, storage, network and connectivity systems, uninterruptible power supplies, cooling systems and security systems … in short, and all the equipment that allows today to “keep up” a company. So let’s try to understand what they are and what advantages they offer to companies.
What are Data Centers
At the base of the digital transformation, and more generally of the digital economy, there are infrastructures that users do not see, the Data Centers . They are the buildings in which what Alec Ross, “guru” of technology and former adviser to Hillary Clinton, is called “the oil of the future”: the data. However, together with company data, the Data Centers also have the “heart” of the business, that is, the tools that govern the processes and services, together with communication, such as servers , storage systems, programs for monitoring the operation of machines, services, applications and networks.
The structure and offer of Data Centers in Italy and on a global scale is gradually changing and evolving as economic processes are increasingly digital-based. So if a few years ago a company could have enough a refrigerated closet in which to host servers and hard disks, today – as business and production processes are digitized – company data need more space, consume more energy. and require very stringent safety requirements: their loss or compromise could in fact cause serious damage in terms of competitiveness. So from the old Ced, the internal data processing center, we first move to the internal and proprietary Data Center and today more and more to hosting , to housingand colocation , right up to the Cloud Data Center .
What solutions and services do Data Centers offer?
While the offer of Data Centers in Italy is moving to dedicated structures, which make the machines available to their customers ( hosting Data Centers ), granting them “for rent”, or simply offering spaces in which companies can install their own calculators , and manage them remotely ( remote hosting ), with the so-called housing Data Center , or Colocation, the range of services that Data Centers are able to make available to their users is also growing. In the awareness that the game is starting to be very competitive, and that the game is often played as well as on safety requirements, on prices, which go down if economies of scale can be made, and on the value-added services that a Data company Center is able to offer.
In any case, in any case, there is always a connectivity system, necessarily “redundant”, therefore duplicated so as never to lose the possibility of accessing data and ensuring operational continuity.
The offer of Data Centers, normally targeted with customizable solutions for public and private companies, from SMEs to large groups, starts from the case of companies that today manage at least a part of their IT systems at home, providing them with performing and reliable spaces to place their primary Infrastructure or disaster recovery systems. To ensure performance, such as speed and latency times in data transfer whenever necessary, and to lay the foundations for the creation of dynamic network “ecosystems” modeled on customer needs, Data Centers can rely on networks in redundant optical fiber, which contributes thanks to the high capacity and low latency to the optimal virtualization of services and consequently to the improvement of flexibility and operational reactivity, ensuring business continuity and a drastic downsizing for customers of the investments necessary for the construction of infrastructures physical. Within Data Centers, customers can normally take advantage of server, storage and networking services.