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What is a Data Centre?

Posted by Volta Newsroom on 12-Jan-2022 10:09:59

Data centres overview

Two surprisingly common questions among business leaders who previously had no cause to properly engage with a data centre, are:

What is a data centre? 

At its most basic, a data centre (or “data center”) is a robust physical facility that securely houses servers belonging to itself and/or 3rd party organisations. It shares applications and data via a network of computing and storage resources and comprises a range of components including switches, storage systems, servers, routers, and security devices.

Data centre infrastructure is typically housed in a facility organised by halls, rows, and racks that are supported by power and cooling systems, backup generators, and cabling plants.

What is a data centre used for?

Data centres are used by organisations of all types to securely house the critical IT hardware that stores, manages, and processes their data. They are also used as safe places from which computers and other digital equipment can communicate with other devices in offices, homes, other data centres, all the way up to the satellites that orbit the Earth.

Everything from business processes to government services and telecommunications depend on these computers interacting in this way and being able to securely exchange data.

However, though certain characteristics are universal, not all data centres are the same.

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What is colocation?

Posted by Volta Newsroom on 18-Nov-2021 13:55:47

What is colocation? An in-depth guide to a to a modern process.

As your business grows, so too does your incoming digital traffic. More people look to access digital services from your website to your apps, and your workforce need reliable connectivity to perform their daily tasks. To manage these traffic volumes, businesses invest in servers to ‘serve’ each connected device with the information it needs to engage with the business. They are one of the most critical assets an organisation will ever own.

Well-maintained servers have the capacity to reduce business complexities considerably. They also have the potential to exacerbate them. In this piece, we look at one way modern businesses are ensuring their servers, serve their purpose.

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Data post Brexit: What you need to know and what you should consider doing

Posted by Volta Newsroom on 18-Feb-2021 11:06:14

The UK is officially no longer part of the EU. On January 1st, 2021, the transition period came to an end and Britain’s new trading relationship as a third country with the bloc began.

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The Great Migration: Why the corporate world will move to Edge Computing in the post-coronavirus world

Posted by Volta Newsroom on 08-Jun-2020 08:48:53

Edge computing technology has experienced exponential growth in recent years as more and more organisations seek to provide their global customer-base with a unified digital experience. With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing companies towards greater and more versatile digitisation, coupled with a soaring consumer demand for 5G and the IoT, the corporate migration to edge computing looks set to become one of the most defining technological events in the post-coronavirus world.

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The rise of the green data centre: why and how these essential facilities are becoming sustainable

Posted by Katharine McNamara on 26-Feb-2020 16:47:45

In recent years, as global consensus has shifted towards a greater need to reduce carbon emissions and do more generally to protect the environment, certain industries have found themselves under the glow of a harsh spotlight. The automotive industry being an example.

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