Understanding what a data center is has become essential for the success of a business. In addition to being an efficient alternative for data storage, this environment has shown great potential. According to a report by the Uptime Institute , the number of employees to operate the world's data centers could grow from around 2 million in 2019 to 2.3 million in 2025.

In a quantitative view, Synergy Research Group revealed that worldwide spending on data center hardware and software in 2020 was approximately $89 billion, holding steady compared to previous years.

But after all, what is a data center?

Before defining what a data center is, it is necessary to understand what data processing is, which consists of collecting, organizing and making information available so that the end user can use them. The data center is a physical space where companies host documents and crucial information of their business, as a data processing center.  

There are several devices that guarantee the availability of the environment and work continuity, such as servers, processors, routers, security devices, among others.

The advantage of implementing it is to store and guarantee a high capacity to process large amounts of data. All systems and applications run integrated to the data center, so it is extremely important to have a protected installation with up-to-date hardware. Security is a differential of the structure, since it will be a single place instead of having several different sources.

There are two types of data centers most commonly used by companies:

  • Local Data Center – The company itself invests in machines, physical space and maintenance;
  • Virtual Data Center – A company that allocates a space, builds a data center and allocates spaces to other companies (colocation) bearing the maintenance cost;
    • Private Cloud Data Center – Resources belong only to the enterprise;
    • Public cloud data center – uses the same infrastructure as other companies.

Having a specialized team is independent of the type of data center hired, what changes is its size. With its own data center, it is necessary to have a team available for constant monitoring and maintenance of servers and backups. With the virtual data center, the team still needs to manage some additional situations. As for cloud systems, the only concern is the application.

How is the data center migration?

Each migration is unique and each company has specific needs and bottlenecks, but the essential thing is to have a robust action plan so that there are no unforeseen events along the way. The most important thing is to define the objective: increasing capacity, new resources and services, investing in the public cloud, among others.

Time varies greatly depending on the maturity and urgency of the change. However, it must be taken into account that a local data center will have to be acquired and several pieces of equipment will have to be installed, whereas in virtual fields, the infrastructure is ready, being only necessary to allocate, install systems, applications and provide access.  

Data center care

Some precautions must be taken with the physical space where the data center is located, such as: generator, in case of power failure; air conditioning, as the equipment tends to heat up the place; lightning safety, to prevent them from being burned. As well as ensuring that backup and disaster recovery plans are good enough for your business level.

Data center and GDPR

Virtual data centers themselves already follow a series of regulations and laws, however, they do not have control over the way in which the user accesses their allocated server. If the connection used is compromised, the entire operation is impaired. Therefore, it is very important to create limitations of users who can access the database, in what situations and at what times.

How can Sky.One help your company migrate?

Sky.One Sky.One data centers better known as public clouds , since the infrastructure is shared with several companies. However, each company has its space, that is, one will never have visibility of the other.

In addition, the environments available to users are ephemeral, that is, the one used today will be different from tomorrow, so if it has been compromised in any way, it will not impact other users and accesses.

Sky.One Sky.One 300 desktop applications already approved in the cloud, which significantly accelerates the migration or deployment of these applications in the cloud. In 24 hours, we were able to provide access to a cloud .

Through these partnerships with software developers, we provide any access to desktop applications as a SaaS , that is, your company's IT will only be responsible for monitoring the deployment and use of systems.

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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.