What is a Data Center?
This is a question I keep getting again and again. Everyone seems to have a different answer and I would be really interested to see what other answers there are out there. Let’s take this as one cut at a definition and please feel free to offer other options or cuts at it- “A Data Center is where an organization runs its mission critical applications.”
I have heard definitions based on power draw, ones based on raised floor, ones based on the presence of storage area networks, etc. These usually seem to come from people who are responsible for those particular technology silos. What I like about the above is it allows an organization of any size to define its own DC large or small that is relevant to them. From there they can apply the set of technologies as necessary to solve the business problems they have: whether operational cost reductions, organizational alignment, capital asset utilization, power and cooling reduction, increasing or more efficiently using compute capacity, etc. What other definitions should we use? Are there other ones out there that are relevant? dg