CPI - Data Center

What is a Data Center?

A Data Center is a facility that stores an organization’s server, network, and storage hardware. Data centers accommodate a network’s vital systems and are important for the stability of daily operations. The security and reliability of data centers and the information they hold are a main concern for organizations.

In addition to asking “What is a data center?”, people often wonder where a data center is located. A data center can be managed in house or run by a third party organization. As a result of impacts from a data center malfunctions can have on an organization, many companies outsource to a professional company.

What is Collocation?

Collocation hosts privately-owned servers and networking equipment in a third party data center. Instead of hosting servers in-house, in-offices or at a private data center, companies can also choose to ‘co-locate’ their equipment by selecting a collocation center. Therefore, clients can own the server and rent the necessary physical space within a center; rather than using a server owned by a hosting provider.

Data Design and Architecture

A data architecture encompasses designing and constructing data resources; defining what type of data it collects and how to manage it. This refers to data storage methods, usage, management, and integration. Data architecture formalizes how data processes across an organization.

Data architecture is a component of project architecture and represents one of the pillars. The other pillars are the business architecture, application architecture and technical architecture. The data architecture defines the structure of a data system and should be defined by a data architect who bears the responsibility of creating the blueprint.

Data Protection and Archiving

Data protection and archiving solutions enable organizations to ensure that their data is stored correctly which makes accessing and recovering data efficient and timely. In order to safely transfer data between locations, encryption methods are used along with tiered disk and tape solutions.

Data Monitoring and Backup Maintenance

Actively investigating data, data monitoring software allows organizations to maintain a consistent standard of quality. Data management system allow organizations to maintain control of their data with the ability to monitor it at any moment, as well as receive alerts, access dashboards and review reports. At the creation stage, data monitoring is important to screen data before moving it to different locations.

A data center is a vital part of any organizations information technology. Rather than worrying about the reliability of your data center, consider outsourcing to a third party who can ensure proper set-up and maintenance. For more information or to speak with a consultant regarding your business and data storage needs, please give us a call at (888) 640-9955 or have a CPI representative contact you.

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