What’s a Data Center?

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Data Center or Internet Data Center is a facility where an organization or a service provider centralizes their necessary computing resources. You might have heard about it a lot lately, since the term Data Center has become very common. Nowadays, most of the data we manage — from mobile phones, tablets and computers — ends up stored in these Data Centers.  Actually, many people refer to Data Centers as the Cloud, in a more generic way.

What does a Data Center look like?

Throughout the following video you can get to know how a Data Center looks like. The video is a guided visit around our Interxion MAD2 Data Center located in Madrid. We are sure that our most curious readers will love discovering more about one of our hosting infrastructures in Madrid and Amsterdam.

Data Centers have exclusive use spaces where companies keep and operate their IT infrastructures. In these spaces, servers and storage systems can be hosted in order to execute applications that process and store the companies’ data. Some companies have a cage or one or several racks, while others can have private suites to host a given number of racks. It will depend on the company’s size.

Data Centers provide a technical space prepared with a raised floor under which electrical sockets are installed to connect the racks. So, everything must be carefully controlled and secured.

For instance, controlling the climate is essential to maintain the right temperature and humidity parameters that ensure the correct functioning and operative integrity of the hosted systems. For doing so, Data Centers have redundant power supply systems, diesel backup generators, redundant and very efficient cooling systems, fire detection and extinguishment, water leak detectors and security controls.

A physical Data Center can host virtual Data Centers, known as Private Clouds or Cloud Data Centers. The price of these Private Clouds is lower thanks to virtualization. Each virtual Data Center is completely independent; therefore, it enjoys the maximum guarantees in terms of security, availability and flexibility.

At Stackscale, we select reference Data Centers in every geographic location we implement. Today, we have infrastructure in Madrid, at Interxion MAD2 adn Equinix MD2, and in Amsterdam, at Equinix AM5. We have more Data Centers coming soon!

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