A Data Center is a large group of interconnected computer servers typically used by organizations for remote storage and processing reasons. Data centers are commonly run by large companies or government agencies. However, they can also be used to provide a cloud computing service for private and business applications.
The data center is connected to two separate grid sectors operated by a local utility company. If the main sector was to fail, then the other one will ensure that power is still supplied. In addition to this, the data center has 13 diesel generators, which is housed in a separate building to produce a total of 29 megawatts. This output is sufficient to cover the data center’s electricity demand in case of an emergency.
Data centers have to be safeguarded against hackers and sufficient cooling has to be provided. For that reason, a data center will be housed in a well-constructed building that has storage devices, cables, and a connection to the Internet. It is mandatory that the data center also has a large amount of equipment for power supply and cooling. A data center often has an automatic fire extinguishing system.
The processors and all other components generate heat when in operation. If it is not dissipated properly, the processor’s efficiency will decrease and in extreme cases, the component could fail. Therefore, cooling a data center is essential, and because of the concentrated computing power, the costs to do so are very high.