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Data Centers: The Core of Any Network

POWERFUL MOBILE DEVICES ARE DRIVING DEMAND for anytime, anywhere, any-media high-speed data access, and consequently, are changing the design and focus of modern data centers.

Data centers centralize an organization's information technology (IT) operations and equipment. Organizations utilize data centers to store, manage, and share its data using servers, switches, routers and storage systems. Consequently, the capacity, security, and reliability of data centers, and their stored information, is a very high priority.

There are two main data center types. Internet, or public, data centers generally support relatively few applications, are typically browser-based, but serve millions of users. By contrast, enterprise, or private, data centers serve fewer users, but host more off-the-shelf and custom software applications.

Data centers differ significantly depending on their use. For example, data centers built for a public cloud service provider like Google® require different building, infrastructure, and security requirements than a private data center used by a large national bank that securely maintains classified customer data.

Data center designs now incorporate new technologies such as virtualization to optimize resource utilization and increase IT flexibility as user demand escalates. With enterprise IT needs evolving toward bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and on-demand services, many organizations are adopting cloud-based services and infrastructure. Data center managers still must find ways to reduce massive energy consumption, and to efficiently manage connections between active components.