What is a Data Center?
At its simplest, a data center is a physical facility that organizations use to house their critical applications and data. A data center’s design is based on a network of computing and storage resources that enable the delivery of shared applications and data.
What defines a modern data center?
Modern data centers are very different than they were just a short time ago. Infrastructure has shifted from traditional on-premises physical servers to virtualized infrastructure that supports applications and workloads across pools of physical infrastructure and into a multicloud environment.
In this era, the modern data center is wherever its data and applications are. It stretches across multiple public and private clouds to the edge of the network via mobile devices and embedded computing. In this constantly shifting environment, the data center must reflect the intentions of users and applications.
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) and enterprise resource planning (ERP)
- Big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning
- Communications and collaboration services