Data Centers host an organization’s data systems in a well-protected physical and storage infrastructure along with servers, storage subsystems, networking switches, routers, firewalls, cabling and physical racks.
Is there a difference between a data center and cloud data center?
Data centers can be located anywhere. When a service provider hosts their servers and network equipment in a data center, they can provide hosting options to their client with a secure and dedicated focus. Because client’s servers are virtually hosted within the main servers, scalability is always an option, as is the amount of data stored. Costs around this type of hosting are usually set at a monthly rate.
Cloud data centers also offer high scalability with secure hosting, however, the major cloud data centers require customers to pay per use for data transfers into and out of the cloud. This can be costly depending on how much transfer data is used per month. Conversely, storing large amounts of data in the cloud can be very cost effective if used as a cloud back up solution.