Data Centers are similar to libraries where all the information one needs are stored and secured in a sufficient space. But data centers are much more than a large storage system as its network comprises of routers, servers, and equipment that are dedicated to running specialized applications. The more data a business needs to operate on, the more cabinets need to be installed.
A data center may occupy a single room or even an entire floor or two depending on the equipment needed. Cabinets are usually arranged by columns on data center racks, which size depends on the type of equipment installed. Routers and servers are normally housed by data racks installed on the walls.
Data centers are the IT backbone of which businesses operate. To protect data that flows in and out of system there needs to be a security program in place, such as firewalls, anti-virus programs, data back up, and the power system needs to be able to run the network non-stop 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
When installing the data center racks there must be enough room for an IT professional to check on the cabinets. Both sides (front and back) need to have enough room for easy access.
Data Centers need to be kept in a stable preferred temperature. These large machines could overheat at a minor drop of temperature over a span of time. That is why in case of power failures there must be power generators ready to take over for energy supply. All necessary steps must be taken to ensure business continuity. It will be hard to calculate the losses to a business or damage it could accumulate due to a data center malfunction. Companies rely on these stored sophisticated data that needs to be accessed both online or off line.
On choosing a data center rack it is vital to know the various types of equipment it will be housing. Some computers or data machineries could be as large as the rack itself. There should also be enough space for incidental equipment such as fire alarms, security equipment, and surveillance cameras.