Addressing Concerns at Data Centers
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Physical or virtual warehouse of a company's systems, where its entire crucial data is stored and processed, is known as a data center. In other words, it is analogous to the brain of a living being. Large companies and government organizations have their own data centers, while smaller companies lease services from those owned by others. These days, they also provide cloud services for organizations.
What is vital today is that data centers, whatever be their size, have to be secured. For instance, computers need to be protected from burglary and also damages to hardware, either intentional or otherwise. Besides these, organizations themselves have to take certain responsibilities themselves, such as regular backups. As the hardware and software become more critical, organizations have to spend more time and resources to afford the best protection possible.That is the reason they are solid structures so that servers, cables, storage devices, and Internet connections can reside in them. These centers also house the power supply and cooling equipment along with fire extinguishers.
Data centers also need to have two separate power networks. If one fails, the other acts as a backup. It should be ensured that the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) maintains the quality steadily. This will compensate for fluctuations in frequency and voltage, thus protecting efficiently various components.
Another must have for them is a redundant power supply system, which allows personnel to carry out repairs on one network, while letting other systems function normally.
Electronic components of all systems, particularly the processors, produce heat when they operate. They should be kept cool in order to not affect the efficiency of the processors. So, a cooling system should also be in place.
Data center complexity, meanwhile, is another problem that organizations need to address, as it leads to rise in expenditure, reduced rate of responsiveness, etc. This has led organizations to virtualize their data centers. By doing so, they can ease complexity and improve efficiency. This, however, does not reduce their complexity, according to some experts. The need of the hour, they opine, is to train personnel, standardize procedures and improve information governance.
A survey conducted by IT security firm Symantec indicated that around 65% of the enterprises it interviewed said business-critical applications are the main cause of their ever increasing complexity.
One can get around this issue by understanding how most of the IT resources are being consumed and how they can be kept in check.
Decreasing the quantity of backup applications is another effective strategy.
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