What are the data centers?

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The term Data Center is a common term for many, but not for others. What
is the data center? Many will ask. Well, a data center, also called a data
center, is nothing more than, as the name implies, a space prepared to contain
IT equipment and systems for data storage and processing.

In recent years there has been a growth in the number of users of online
services that have led companies to outsource the management, maintenance, and
administration of their computer and communications equipment. The places to
manage all this data are the Data Centers. The advantage of outsourcing this
service is that they can focus on the development of their business and forget
about technological complexities, thereby saving on costs, time and other
valuable resources, which can be used to develop their core business

To meet the growing demand for this type of service by companies and
public administrations, T-Systems built a new and innovative Modular Cloud CPD
in Barcelona in 2013 in order to offer more innovative services at more
competitive prices. What does it mean to be a Modular CDP? This modality allows
investment and gradual use of the CPD according to the needs, without any
disruption of the operational services. This supposes a reduction of costs and
time of implantation that it offers, due to the minimization of civil works for
the building, since it is formed by the modules themselves.

This new DPC has modules high level of security, such as those relating
to the protection RF 120 min and fire En1047-2, high thermal insulation,
sealing to the water IP65, shielding EMI / RFI 22dB, protective anti-intrusion
WK4, etc. In addition, to ensure data protection, T-Systems has designed
together with Check Point Software Technologies, the world leader in security
solutions since 1993, a security infrastructure to protect the CPD border.

The new infrastructure allows the deployment of virtual firewalls adapted to customer requirements in a flexible and configuration-based manner only. Check Point technology allows deploying virtual firewalls in high availability for both single and twin server colocation environments on the same physical platform, thus contributing to an optimization of the solution costs.

An
operating system to govern datacentres

For a long time a large group of experts has been working at Mesosphere,
a different operating system in the sense that it is not intended to govern the
operation of a machine but is intended to cover all servers in a data
processing center, something especially interesting in the physical or cloud
architectures that work on Linux. That is why a DCOS (Data Center Operating
System) is called instead of simply OS (Operative System).

For administrators, a DCOS is an interesting solution that allows you to
run applications on hundreds or thousands of servers as if they were a single
entity, but with the vast resources of this type of installation. The
specifications speak of tens of thousands of servers; it is known that there is
a client that is running 50,000 machines and for the next year the figure of
500,000 is being considered as a target.

For some experts, the recent announcement of the official launch of the Mesosphere
is one of the most important of the year. It not only gives the possibility to control
thousands of machines distributed by who knows whereas if they were a single
virtual entity and also with the ease of organizing them in clusters in a
matter of hours or minutes. The entire process can be done from the command
line or from a relatively simple and convenient graphical interface.

Among some of the advanced functions is the optimization of the
processes according to their cost, which allows, for example, to perform a task
not «taking as little as possible» but doing it in the cheapest way possible as
the cost of resources has been defined available

The variety of applications that can be installed on Mesosphere begins
with almost all Apache software (entity from which the initiative originally
came) and of course apps from other companies and developers. As for
traditional operating systems, it is compatible with Linux distributions as
popular as Red Hat, CentOS, Ubuntu, and CoreOS.

What is a neutral data center?

A neutral data center is characterized by
offering the same services as a typical data center, with the particularity
that it is possible to interconnect or access the Internet, with several
external operators or carriers, which have direct connectivity in the center.

In this way, neutral CPDs become
interconnection points, offering great versatility and freedom to their
customers to choose an Internet provider.

What benefits do they have?

The
benefits of mono-operator data centers are several:

The existence of several operators in the
same center encourages competition and diversity since a server placed in a
neutral data center can have a supplier, multiple suppliers or only connect to
the headquarters of the owner company.

The tolerance to Internet connection
failures is increased, as there are several operators, it is possible to
temporarily change access from one to another to solve an incident.

The ability to change Internet providers without physically moving the server colocation to another location saves costs and minimizes downtime.

The Peering or direct connection between
networks of different operators, improved latency and bandwidth.

The
key: interconnection or peering

Having direct interconnection or peering
with several providers is key today, as it allows you to find the “perfect
path” between the website and application of the company and its users/customers.
Minimizes jumps, latency and provides the most direct way for data to arrive in
the shortest possible time.

As an example, we can see the PRO RED data center,
which has direct interconnection with all these carriers/operators:

  • Cogent
  • colt
  • Interlude
  • Jazztel
  • Movistar
  • Or not
  • Orange
  • Vodafone

Can you imagine how easy it is to change
providers without moving the location server?

In addition, other operators such as:

  • NTT
  • Level3
  • HE
  • Telia

It is possible to interconnect with them
from POP in Madrid.

Neutral nodes

The logical step after installing ourselves
in a neutral data center is to be able to connect to a neutral node, which
offers even more advantages in interconnection and ensures that our data flow
always finds the shortest and fastest path.

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