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Advantages & Disadvantages of Data Center


This blog covers advantages and disadvantages of Data Center and its basics. It mentions benefits or advantages of Data Center and drawbacks or disadvantages of Data Center.

What is Data Center?
Building or space used to house networked computer systems or servers and associated systems such as telecom systems and networking components (switches, routers) is known as data center. Data centers are used by companies to organize, process and store the large amounts of data.

There are many data center service providers. The top companies among them include Equinix, Digital Realty Trust, China Telecom, CenturyLink, Verizon, Amazon Web Services, DuPont Fabros Technology, Level 3 Communications, CyrusOne, Interxion, AT&T, NTT Communications, etc.

Following are the services provided by data center companies.
Wholesale Colocation: In this type of service, customer can lease entire data center or larger portion and will have high level of control over the facility and equipment’s. The lease period will be in several years.
Retail Colocation: In this type of service, multiple customers can lease the facility on shared basis. They will have less control over the facility and equipment’s. The lease period will be about 1 year or 2 years.
Hosting: In this type, multiple customers can lease server capacity in shared manner. Moreover data center service provider owns the servers and customers will have little control over the facility. Costs are very low. The lease period will be about a year or less than 1 year.

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Benefits or advantages of Data Center
Following are the benefits or advantages of Data Center:
➨It offers services to the customers based on affordable rates in various plans as per lease period and requirements.
➨It offers robust software and hardware ecosystem.
➨It offers great system performance by distributing load across cluster nodes.
➨The users or customers need not have to worry about hiring people for maintenance in order to manage the data centers.
➨The data centers offer instant scalability based on changes in capacity requirements by customers.
➨The services are available always and without any failover due to backup of systems.


Drawbacks or disadvantages of Data Center
Following are the drawbacks or disadvantages of Data Center:
➨Companies hiring the resources from the data center providers will not have complete control locally. This is due to the fact that the human resources and hardware lies at the remote location.
➨The usage and quality of data center services vary based on internet connectivity at the customer premises.
➨There are limitations on security features offered by data center service providers.
➨Some companies charge technical support fees from customers.
➨In case of troubleshooting and issues, customers have to rely on support staff from data center providers. Hence resolution of the same depends on skills and knowledge of the support staff.


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