The Role of the Data Centre in Your Business

The main job of the data centre is to link the inner workings of your business to the outside world and to connect your in-house systems to one another to ensure a streamlined approach to your business needs. Your data network needs to be secure and have a high performance, yet also needs to be aware of energy consumption to keep it within individual parameters and make sure that it is viable for your business. By meeting these criteria it is possible to have a system that is just what you need whilst also remaining relatively simple.

You may find that many data centres, although they incorporate different components based on requirements, budget and other circumstances, are all able to arrive at similar conclusions to problems and therefore look relatively similar. In its simplest form a data centre receives the information when you click on a website link, processes the request, and sends the information back to your PC or other device as a webpage or similar.

The Layers of a Data Centre

A data centre consists of a number of different layers all working together to provide your organisation and your customers with the information that they need. The first layer incorporates the internet; this is what connects the centre to the outside world and provides the information to it. Secondly is the layer that is commonly called the “access layer” or “edge”. This consists of a number of different devices such as Ethernet devices, firewalls and switches to route data. Beyond this layer is the core consisting of blades of ports, all for different uses such as chassis management, security and traffic management. All data needs to pass through the ports on these blades. The fourth and final layer of the data centre is beyond the servers and is the chief storage area and consists of Fibre Channel network that remains separate from the main network except for a link to the IP network for the purposes of managing it.

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The Inner Workings are Set to Improve

The internal workings, or heart, of the data centre is the Fibre Channel network which needs to be configured using separate management systems and switches which require extra support from IT staff and will ultimately increase their workload; so this situation is changing slowly. There are hopes that in a few years’ time most data centre storage systems are going to be linked using the IP-based Ethernet network, working at either 100Gbps or 40Gbps.

How This Can Affect Your Business

The need for on-demand data today is incredibly high and a user always wants to be a click away from the information that they want or need. With many organisations utilizing cloud technologies in an attempt to be more agile, they need to have data networks that are able to keep up with the rising demand and new innovations. Unfortunately, in many cases this is not possible and companies need to outsource their data centre networking to suppliers who are better equipped to handle this. This means that their business is free to grow and modernise with the times without having to worry about the data implications on the company and the costs involved.

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