A Data Center in the context of cloud computing is a dedicated facility that houses the physical hardware, including servers, storage devices, and network equipment, that forms the backbone of a cloud provider's infrastructure. These centers are designed to provide a secure, controlled environment for this hardware, with systems in place to regulate temperature, humidity, and power supply.
Over time, data centers have evolved from being solely on-premises infrastructures to hybrid models that connect on-premises systems with cloud infrastructures. These modern centers virtualize networks, applications, and workloads across multiple private and public clouds
They typically fall into these four categories:
Data Centers operate by providing the physical infrastructure necessary to support cloud services. They are equipped with servers to process and store data, network equipment to connect to the internet, and systems to regulate environmental factors.
The architecture of a Data Center comprises three primary components:
An illustration depicting the interconnected components of a Data Center, including servers for computing, storage systems for data, and network equipment for connectivity, all housed within a secure, controlled environment.
Consider a global e-commerce company, EcomGlobal, which operates multiple data centers around the world. When a customer in the US places an order, the request is routed to the nearest data center.
This hybrid approach allows EcomGlobal to leverage the scalability of the cloud while maintaining control over sensitive data in its own data centers.
A storage repository that holds a vast amount of raw data in its native format until it is needed.