Understanding a data centre

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Zimbabwe will be hosting a two-day Data Centre Africa Conference in Victoria Falls. The conference will be held on the 7th and 8th of next month. Today, Eyetro Digital looks at the merits on how businesses in the country can benefit from using a data centre.

In this modern day,  internet connection is a critical tool for most businesses to an extent that some can’t work without internet and any sort of a downtime will cause a major damage to the business. Just to explain a little, what is a Data Centre? Data centres are simply centralized locations where computing and networking equipment is concentrated for the purpose of collecting, storing, processing, distributing or allowing access to large amounts of data. They have existed in one form or another since the advent of computers. How then does your business benefit from using Data Centres well they are a lot of factors;

For an IT director moving from an in-house solution to a data centre is like providing a kart driver with an F1 vehicle. Data Centres have multiple high bandwidth and geographically diverse fibre connections to the internet. Geographically diverse mean the network is from different network providers and physically coming from different directions, the network has redundancy meaning that if a connection say from Network A is down Network B will quickly replace that network in a split- second that users won’t even notice.

 The Second reason is that the servers are kept in a secure environment that is prepared for power cuts. A data centre will have huge batteries and generators that will keep the electricity flowing indefinitely whilst the power outage is fixed.

The third factor is that the servers will be in a secure place, the place is well-monitored 24/7 and physically very difficult to break in. Inside of the data centre, there is an ideal air-conditioned environment, your server doesn’t overheat in warm weather, and availability of system backup resources (the data on your server can be safely and easily backed up) to the list of benefits that come from hosting your server at a data centre.

Furthermore, if a server is kept on your premises and you get a power cut or your broadband goes down your business can grind to a halt. If this is stored at a data centre then not only are these faults less likely to happen but if they do happen in your office you can just send everyone home to work and your business will still function because they will be able to access the same services from their home broadband.

“Most IT directors understand that their equipment is mission critical to their organisation – data centres are able to meet business requirements at a lower cost than if the service was kept in-house. They have the ability to have businesses up and running within hours, as well as provide the flexibility to grow alongside your organisation. Rack space, power, bandwidth, and connection speeds can all be increased where required to ensure that all sizes of clients can be catered for.” Notes Rowland Kinch, CEO at Custodian Data Centre’s

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