Constructing a Modern Data Center

Modern companies and businesses large and small make use of many computers and an Internet connection for their work, and this means having the correct hardware for the job. Usually, IT professionals will be called upon to set up everyone’s computers and get them running, and such IT professionals will also build a data center for the company to make good use of. On top of that, such professionals will also thread cables all around the office to keep all computer connected with each other, and a secure Internet connection may be established. A combination of a data center, cables, and Cloud data storage allows any company today to stay competitive. How might this work?

A Data Center

Nearly any modern office will have a data center in it. For those unfamiliar with them, a data center is a series of electronics racks that hold dozens or even hundreds of computers in them. Such computers are no ordinary desktop PCs; they do not even have monitors, keyboards, or mice attached to them. Instead, these data racks are used for processing and storing vast amounts of data, and the computers in such data centers are linked with countless cables that link them together into a single, cohesive whole. This makes for a single, powerful entity that offers enormous storage and some processing boosts to any desktop PC plugged into it with a cable. Office computers are all connected to such a data center with wires, and these computers will then be able to share files and data with each other with ease (not to mention a boost in processing power).

A data center must be built correctly to stay functional. Such a room may be an underground room that needs no windows and just one door, or it may even be a separate building if it is very large. Facebook, for example, has data storage rooms the size of airplane hangars, with millions of computers working in conjunction to keep Facebook operational. Most data centers will be smaller than this, but some may still reach impressive size, with hundreds of computers in them.

These computers may get hot as they run, and overheating will damage these computers. To prevent that, cold aisle containment may be done, and air conditioning and air circulation systems are used to effect cold aisle containment. Construction crews may be hired to build such a system, as cold aisle containment is not something for an average cubicle worker to concern themselves with. Once cold aisle containment is put in place, it will allow cold air to constantly circulate through the data center and keep the computers inside from getting too hot. This will be reflected in the electric bill for the building, of course, but it would be far more damaging to neglect this duty and allow data room computers to overheat and break. Thus, any responsible business owner will invest in cold aisle containment for their data center room.

Other IT Concerns

Desktop work PCs at an office will not only have cables that link them to the data center, but they will also have Ethernet cables that link them to the Internet. A solid Internet connection is important for many office workers today, and routers and Ethernet cables are the hardware that make this possible. Category 5 cables or category 6 cables may be used, and cat6 cables are more expensive but are even faster than cat5 cables. They use four pairs of copper wires to transmit large amounts of data, and larger companies may make use of them. Such cables may be threaded in out-of-the-way locations or even go through holes drilled into the floor.

The Internet is useful not only for research, but also for Cloud data storage. This is a sort of virtual bank vault for data, and a company may have its own private account for Cloud storage. Employees can store and access files with their company’s Cloud account, and hybrid integration software allows the data center and Cloud to share data with ease. This is useful for remote employees who are working aboard a flying jet or who work at home regularly. The Internet and Cloud data storage allow those remote employees to connect to their co-workers, supervisors, and business partners alike.