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Data Center Design

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A data center or NOC (network operations center) is a place to consolidate application servers, Web servers, communications equipment, security systems, system administrators, support personnel, and anything or anybody else that provides data services. A data center benefits from centralized management, support, backup control, power management, security, and so on. It may be housed in a single room or fill an entire building. It may be within a carrier's PoP (point of presence). Special equipment is usually installed to protect against power outages, natural disasters, and security breaches.

This topic continues in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications" with a discussion of the following:

  • Enterprise and public data centers
  • Internet data center role in outsourcing
  • Facilities management, managed services, and colocation services
  • High availability, reliability, and scalability advantages
  • Data center features, including power systems, temperature controls, fire detection and suppression systems, physical security, cages, racks, and vaults.
  • Interconnection systems, including new technologies such as InfiniBand

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