Why do data centres need equipment housing?
Data centres are shared facilities that serve both public and private sector organisations, as well as their customers. Some provide cloud-based services to clients, others offer off-site backups, hosting, and remote server space.
Often, companies share space in data centres by paying for however much storage space they need. The demand for data centre space is high, meaning that shared data facilities must be scalable and always ready for expansion.
What’s inside a data centre?
Data centres are securely built to house various IT infrastructure. This typically includes networked computers, data storage, servers, switches, and the many other components necessary to provide a full-scale IT network solution.
Because data centres operate remotely in the interests of many different clients, they are not restricted by office hours or time zones. A client in Australia and a client in Iceland may need to use the data centre at the same time, meaning it must be fully operational at all times. Data centres contain uninterruptible power sources (UPSs) and lots of electrical wiring, meaning they must be housed in a facility fitted with specialist ventilation systems designed for non-stop operation.
The demand for supporting infrastructure in data centres is huge. Data centres must also be secure, as they can often be tasked with holding sensitive data for many different companies. Because all of this data is stored in a single physical space, there must be physical security measures in place that can effectively protect any sensitive information within the data centre itself.
Consequently, data centres are designed with security at the forefront of the project. They feature access control systems, extensive CCTV coverage, and regularly documented entry and exit points.
What is a data centre used for?
First and foremost, data centres exist to store and process data. This can be in the form of company file storage, or even the remote provision of an entire IT network.
Cloud storage systems are delivered via data centres, as is SaaS (Software as a Service, web hosting software, or IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).
Many companies are moving their IT network to a remote cloud service. Previously, companies stored their data on a physical server in the workplace, which flagged up many security concerns and left the safety of the company data up to (often inadequate) internal security and privacy procedures.
So, why do data centres need specialised equipment housing?
Data centres need specialised equipment housing that offers security, safety, and 24/7 uptime. Supporting infrastructure for data centres includes dual power chains to protect against outages and power surges, as well as specialised humidity and airflow control.
Electrical equipment gets extremely hot and (when running round the clock) can be prone to overheating. Specialised data centre housing is built with this in mind, and features integrated cooling solutions designed to keep equipment both safe and operational.
Additionally, data system housing needs to have fire suppression systems in place, backup generators in case of a power outage, and 24/7 monitoring.
Housing for data centres by Portastor
At Portastor, we manufacture our modular data centre housing off-site under controlled factory conditions for a complete plug and play equipment housing solution. Off-site build offers quality assurance and minimises operational downtime during installation. Interested? Get in touch today.