What is a Data centre?

Wednesday 29 April 2009

A data centre is a facility which is used to house, or accommodate web hosting computer servers and components which comprise of telecommunications and storage as well as back up power supplies, environmental controls and security devices.

Data centres originate from very large computer control rooms dating back to the ‘beginning’ of the use of computers in business and the dawn of the internet, but these early systems were hard to operate and maintain because they needed a special environment in order to operate. Thousands of cables were necessary to connect everything and these had to accomodated on numerous racks. Web hosting was not nearly so simple back then!

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The computer boom in the 1980’s gave little care to operating requirements, but as computers grew in complexity it became essential to provide IT controls and resources. In the 1990’s the microcomputer came about, now we call them ‘servers’ and began making their presence known in the old large computer control rooms.

These servers required no expensive networking equipment and with the new standards for cabling, it was possible to design and put them into specific rooms in the same building. The term ‘data centre’ started emerging around this time.

Data centres boomed in the dot-com era because it was necessary to establish a presence on the world wide web and they provided what was necessary to achieve this. But smaller companies found it was not viable for them to install their own data centres and a so a few companies started building large facilities which they called Internet Data Centres, or IDC’s. These provided large businesses with a solution to their IT operations and it is these that have ultimately progressed into private data centres.

CWCS have our own data centres, enabling us to keep a very close eye on all the websites we provide web hosting for and being on the scene immediately if things go wrong. Our CWCS data centres are climates controlled and secure, meaning that your web hosting is in safe hands, whatever size your online operations.

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