Data Center 101
What is a data center?

A data center is a facility or a room within a facility that contains IT equipment typically consisting of network, computer and storage equipment. 

What is a colocation data center?

A colocation data center is a facility that is built by a third party and leased to multiple customers. Many organizations choose to move their IT equipment into a colo data center site in lieu of building their own data center facility.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing allows IT staff to quickly provision, allocate and deliver on demand IT resources from a remote data center.  Cloud service providers offer private, public, or hybrid clouds with sophisticated security and governance.

What is the importance of cooling?

IT equipment typically has recommended operating temperatures for peak performance and longevity. Excessive heat can lead to performance issues or critical failure. 

What is the difference between white space and gray space?

White space is the area of the data center where IT equipment resides and gray space is where the back of the house infrastructure is located.  Learn more in this video.

What is The Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things is a term associated with the networked connection of data, people, and everything in between.  It is built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors.

What is the importance of a UPS System?

UPS systems are an important component of a data center.  They condition incoming utility power before it is distributed to IT equipment and ensure that critical IT loads remain on even when power is lost.

What is Virtualization?

Virtualization involves consolidating many under-utilized servers into a few fully loaded servers.  Each logical server can run an operating system and applications independently, allowing the IT department to maximize server utilization for cost savings.

Understanding Data Center Risk Profiles
The differences between data center architectures

N, N+1, and 2N are terms that define the amount of redundancy in the power and cooling infrastructure within a data center.  The architecture deployed should be based on your risk tolerance.

What is an N architecture?

N is an infrastructure architecture where each component is sized to match the critical IT load that it supports.

What is a N+1 Architecture?

N+1 architecture reduces the number of single points of failure by using duplicate critical components.

What is a 2N Architecture?

2N is an infrastructure architecture that provides a complete duplication of all the components and systems, providing the highest reliability but also the highest construction cost.