Data Center was last modified: January 20th, 2016 by Colocation American Staff
Our tagline is, “It’s All About Connections…,” and nowhere is that more apparent than in our 22 data centers nationwide. From our five main facilities located in Los Angeles to our data center in Boston and beyond, we want to provide you with the best connection through the best facilities no matter where you are. In order to ensure our clients stay online and profitable with 100% uptime, our data centers are equipped with:
Personnel wise, each data center is protected by 24/7 security staff stationed at the main entrance while each exits are monitored through a network of CCTV surveillance cameras. Security staff members are trained on the authorization procedures to gain entry as well as the removal of any hardware. 24/7 security is just another way we keep our data center secure and your servers up and running. Beyond the state-of-the-art security systems giving you what you need, our network was designed to give you what you want – unparalleled fast and reliable connectivity. Our data center locations are situated within the largest connectivity hubs in the United States including One Wilshire, 60 Hudson, and NAP of the Americas in Miami. Operating out of strategically located carrier-neutral facilities Colocation America gives clients choices.
Data centers are used to house computer servers and their components including telecommunications,storage systems, and the cloud.
Data centers are tightly secured pseudo-ecosystems that require strict cooling and security requirements, redundant power (with backup), and data communication connections for smooth data transfer around the world.
In fact, the larger data centers can suck up more power than a small village and are usually seen as industrial scale operations.
Data centers have many and varying uses but are usually used to house a company’s servers under a controlled environment.
In other words, data centers are just a space for servers to thrive while companies can concern themselves with their day-to-day business.
The Genesis of the computer was big—both in size and impact. Wires were everywhere and inefficient mainframes required lots of cooling to operate.
They were also expensive. And valuable since they were mainly used for military purposes at the time.
To accommodate for the early shortcomings of the computer, processes and standardizations were put in place in regards to rack size, places, security, and environment. This became known as the Computer Room.
In the 1980s, when the microcomputer industry was booming, computers began to crop up everywhere and everyone wanted one.
This boom caused a regression in operating requirements until information technology (IT) began to grow in complexity as more and more were asked of computers.
Eventually networking equipment prices lowered and new standards were put in place that would hold company’s servers in-house in a specific room. This was when the term Data Center was starting to catch on.
However, the 1990s saw the dot-com boom which caused large scale computing operations to become a necessity.
Thus, even newer standardizations were put in place and many companies moved their in-house Computer Rooms into larger buildings they called Internet Data Centers (IDC).
Today, however, these facilities are commonly referred to as just Data Centers and are constantly changing and adapting to fit the times and technological innovation—all the while searching for new ways to be friendlier to the environment.
As mentioned, there is much going on inside a data center but the infrastructure is just as important. For a data center to run at optimum efficiency, the facility must operate smoothly on all levels.
So, what makes up a data center? Let’s take a look at the most crucial elements:
You know that in real estate it’s all about location—the same is true for data centers. The larger cities will typically have the largest data centers due to the amount of routing points and POPs that go through them.
As a result, more IT equipment is going to need space in these locations which can have adverse effects on the environment (around the clock access to data is rather energy consuming.
Some data centers, however, are placed in locations that make cooling and power a bit more cost effective, like inside of a mountain or at open sea. While the benefits of these centers are great, the space inside can be rather limited.
That’s why it’s so important to find a balance between the space inside the data center (sometimes referred to as “white space”) and the environmental factors which will keep the equipment inside running efficiently.
This makes the infrastructure of a data center one of the most crucial elements.
What’s a data center without the data?
Inside each and every data center, you’ll find servers, racks, routers, firewalls, switches, storage hardware, and the like.
The IT equipment is a crucial element which separates the data centers from just another facility.
Data center support ties the IT equipment with the facility infrastructure to ensure the data center’s data is available when needed.
Below you can read more about Data center tier standards to find out how data centers are classified by their support infrastructure, but let’s take a look at some of the components of data center support:
Security and operational staff are needed to maintain the facility’s equipment and infrastructure 24/7.
Everything is regulated in today’s network environment and data centers are no different.
Data centers are classified according to the widely-accepted guidelines written by The Uptime Institute.
If you’re looking for data center space or services, you’ll undoubtedly come across Tier Levels for each Data Center you look into.
The Uptime Institute has four levels and the higher the tier, the greater the availability of data.
Here’s a breakdown: