Data centers are facilities used to house computer systems and other components such as telecommunications equipment/switches and storage systems. They are typically very expensive to build and maintain and usually include redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and security devices. Large data centers are industrial scale operations often using as much electricity as a small town.
The demand for data centers really exploded during the dot-com bubble. Companies needed fast Internet connectivity and 24 X 7 operations to deploy systems and establish a presence on the Internet. Installing such equipment was not viable for many smaller companies. Many companies started building very large facilities which provide businesses with a range of solutions for systems deployment and operation. New technologies and practices were designed to handle the scale and the operational requirements of such large operations. These practices eventually migrated toward the private data centers, and were adopted largely because of their practical results and value to their customers.
With an increase in the uptake of VoIP and cloud computing, now data centers are available in virtually every major city around the world. Because of all of the options available, business and government organizations are scrutinizing data centers to a higher degree in areas such as internet access, security, availability, environmental impact and adherence to standards. GWT is proud to serve as a resource for information on available opportunities available for this important and crucial service.