What Are Data Centers?

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Data centers are the engines that keep businesses running. Literally, every business or organization has its own data center or outsources data center services to a third party.

In today's business environment, the business systems residing in data centers are considered mission critical. Data centers house the highly specialized equipment responsible for the support of the computers, networks, data storage and security of the company's business intelligence and business process.

Physically, the data center houses the computer systems and the supporting infrastructure, which includes data storage systems, telecommunications, data connectivity, equipment housing and support, electrical power distribution, backup power systems, environmental systems, fire suppression systems and security systems.