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Data Centers

A data center is a physical building or room that houses multiple servers with CPUs for remote data storage and processing.


A data center is a physical building complex or even just a single room that houses servers, switches, CPUs, routers, cooling systems, and a lot of high speed cabling for the purpose of remote data storage and computing. The servers are networked together in the data center. A data center may be part of a private or public cloud and are the fundamental building blocks of cloud system: users access the data center through Internet connections or other network connections.

Scalability is a major challenge today for data centers, says Synopsys‘ Rita Horner in a video. Data centers are physical infrastructure: they can be enlarged with more powerful upgraded equipment and more floor space. However, enlarging them is capital expensive and space can run out.

For the semiconductor manufacturers and other industries, private data centers grew out of the need to consolidate their server farms. “Server farms, which used to be maintained at each design center, are now consolidated into a limited number of data centers.” says ClioSoft‘s Adhikary. “For example, a company with 20 design centers across America and Europe may consolidate all their servers into, say, four data centers, geographically distributed across the two continents. Consolidating the server farms helps reduce IT maintenance costs and improves utilization. Multiple server farms are used to distribute the risk and to keep latency down to under 100 ms to minimize impact to display-intensive activities such as layout editing.”





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