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July 13, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:48pm

What is DC?

If technology were a religion, a DC would be St Peter’s Basilica.

By Joao Lima

A DC, or data centre, is a facility where – usually – a large amount of computer systems, such as serves, sit to host data.

With the rise in data consumption and consequent generation of new data, data centres are becoming ever more a critical part of the world’s infrastructure.

Data sitting in these facilities covers pretty much all industries, from healthcare, to financial, from automotive to governmental data.

Critical components of a data centre site include good connectivity to both a strong power grid (if a private power generation infrastructure is not owned) and to telecommunications services, internet exchanges, etc.

Hot industry topics include data centre cooling technologies, green 100% renewable data centres, edge data centres, etc.

Over the years, data centres have been branded as data warehouses. Operators are today looking at new ways to evolve the technologies used post-virtualisation.

In the last decades, data centres have been built pretty much everywhere on Earth, from deserts to city centres, churches, skyscrapers, in the middle of the sea, underwater, nuclear bunkers, mountains, NATO war bases, etc.

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