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This Month: What is a Data Center?

Welcome to B-Comp Tech-Talk: a monthly blog series that will help explain technical jargon in simple terms. Each month we will focus on a different topic. This month we are covering data centers.

A data center is a centralized location that holds and runs the computer systems necessary for a business to operate smoothly. Components of a data center include:

  • Single server housed in a single room
  • Multiple servers housed in multiple, gigantic buildings
  • Firewall(s)
  • Routers
  • Switches
  • Cooling systems
  • Reliable power supplies and backup generators
  • Software to run various applications and operating systems
  • Systems to reduce the risk of power or equipment failures
  • Physical and digital security and emergency protocols
  • Constant monitoring and troubleshooting of the system

Data centers allow for these types of functions to be performed business-wide 24/7:

  • Networking across multiple computers
  • Data sharing
  • Quick processing power
  • Data storage and management
  • Data security
  • E-commerce
  • System backups and recovery

Does the Cloud Eliminate the Need for Data Centers?

The answer to this question is Yes and No. The cloud is not a magical place that exists in cyberspace on its own. While businesses are able to house data and applications in the cloud, thus reducing or even eliminating their need for data center maintenance, the storage of this information must still exist in a data center somewhere. In some cases, businesses may be able to use both the cloud applications and data center methods to run their daily operations.

Does Every Company Need a Data Center?

The answer to this question depends on the size of the company. If you are an entrepreneur and run a one-person business that does not maintain highly-sensitive information, you may be able to safely house your company’s data on a singular computer. (You should perform frequent computer back-ups to ensure your data is not lost.)

However, if your company has multiple employees in one or many locations, being connected to a reliable data center will be necessary. Any interruption or glitch in your computer system can halt your business flow and ultimately cost your business a great deal of revenue. Having a data center you can trust will provide you the peace of mind to know that you are doing everything in your power to control your data flow.

Not Sure if Your Company Needs at Data Center?

B-Comp Services is an IT solutions and support company that can help your business design the safest way to store data and communicate internally and externally. Whether you want to migrate your business to the cloud or design an internal data center, our team of experts can help. To start the data center discussion, contact B-Comp Services at (303) 282-4934 or visit us online by clicking here.

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