Data Centers, translated in Spanish to Centro de datos, are facilities that enterprises use to store their business-critical information and applications. Any entity that uses or generates data will need a data center at some point, including educational bodies, government agencies, financial institutions, telecommunications companies, purveyors of social networking and online information services and retailers of all sizes. Lack of reliable and fast access to information can mean an inability to offer crucial solutions or loss of customer satisfaction, and consequently, loss of revenue.
And in the day and age where things are moving to the cloud, many businesses are moving their applications to cloud service to reduce the cost of operating their centralized servers and computing networks.
Cloud does not mean that the data and applications are not stored on computing hardware, rather, that another person (company) maintains the software and hardware at a remote location where you can access them through the internet. Those locations are data centers.
Here are some benefits of using such data centers:
Cost management and profitability
Since you don’t need to buy the servers or maintain them, you get to reduce the operational costs substantially. But that’s not all; you also get to free your in-house IT team from having to spend numerous hours every day in the physical data center. Without having to dedicate working hours to basic upkeep means more time for other critical duties that contribute to your company’s bottom line. In a virtual data environment, the service and software application is not attached to the hardware, giving you the flexibility to operate multiple IT workloads on a shared pool of resources.
Since the servers are virtual, it is possible to adjust your solutions as per your current needs, which enables you to deploy business applications you couldn’t find the budget for with traditional data centers since you would need to include the cost of purchasing and servicing the hardware to run them. Virtual servers are easy and quick to install, even on short notice. And since they allow you to clone an existing machine in a short while, you will always have the information you need to keep up with competition as well as customer needs. And the best part is, you can tear down a virtual machine when you don’t need it or don’t want to pay for it anymore.
Easy access to data
With a virtual data center, you can share information across all your application with no worries about compatibility problems among other limitations. Integrating virtual data center also moves your business towards having the cloud-based infrastructure. This way, it becomes easy to migrate it to a private cloud or cloud hosting facility.
Less productivity loss
When traditional servers die, the time it takes to redeploy depends on a range of factors, including an image of the server, availability of backup and so on. But even so, it will still take a significant amount of time to get everything back up and running – more than you have to spare. But virtual data centers are easy to redeploy and only takes a few clicks.