A data centre such as Stellium plays a crucial role in the infrastructure that enables cloud computing to work. Some of the main ways in which data centres contribute to cloud computing are:
- Storage and Management of Data: Data centres such as Stellium house the servers that store and manage the vast amounts of data used in cloud computing. This can include everything from personal files stored in cloud-based services like Google Drive or Dropbox to the backend data for large enterprise-level cloud applications.
- Running Applications: Cloud-based applications run on servers located in data centres. When you use a cloud-based service, your data and application processes are running on a server in a data centre such as Stellium, not on your local device.
- Network Connectivity: Data centres provide the high-speed, reliable internet connections necessary for cloud services. They use sophisticated network infrastructure to ensure that data can be accessed quickly and without interruption. Tier 3 data centres like Stellium are carrier-neutral facilities which offer their cloud services clients multiple network connectivity providers to choose from.
- Security: Data centres implement physical and cyber security measures to protect the data and applications they house. This can include everything from on-site security personnel and surveillance systems to firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
- Redundancy and Backup: Data centres often have systems in place for redundancy and backup to ensure the reliability of the services they provide. This can include duplicate servers, power systems, and internet connections. In the case of a system failure or other issue, these redundancies help ensure that data isn’t lost and services remain available.
- Scalability: Data centres such as Stellium are designed to easily scale up or down according to demand. In cloud computing, a sudden increase in user traffic or data processing needs can be accommodated by adding more resources in the data centre.
- Environmental Control: Data centres maintain optimal conditions for the servers and other hardware they house. This includes temperature and humidity control, fire suppression systems, and more. See Stellium’s FAQ section here for detailed answers to questions regarding our Environmental systems in place.
- Energy Efficiency: Modern data centers like Stellium are designed to be energy efficient, using technologies like advanced cooling systems, energy-efficient servers, and sometimes renewable energy sources. This is increasingly important as cloud computing continues to grow. Stellium offers its clients 80 MWs (designed to scale to 180 MW) of REGO certified renewable energy.
In essence, the data centre is the physical manifestation of the “cloud” in cloud computing. It’s where the physical components that make up the cloud — servers, storage devices, network devices, etc. — are housed and operated.
Stellium provides the best environment for connecting to the cloud and building hybrid solutions. Everything businesses require is here: the hyperscale public clouds (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud and Oracle Cloud (OCI) as well as private cloud services from Aspire Technology Services), network density, and interconnection services. Stellium is Cloud Ready.
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