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Data center services are services that help to either create, implement or maintain a data center, or to enhance what that data center does for an enterprise. This very broad term encompasses many different kinds of services that may assist planners in brainstorming around how to set up a data center. Other data center services may help to provide better results for what comes out of a data center.
Building a data center requires quite a bit of research about a company’s broader IT infrastructure. At the outset, planners need to consider what kinds of data are valuable to the business, what approximate volume of data storage will be needed, and how data from a wide array of sources can flow into a central repository smoothly and be handled in a consistent way. Many of the data center services that experts might classify as services to a data center will help with this kind of precise design and planning. Later on, after a data center has been set up, administrators will often need to adjust or improve specific processes for better performance. Here, data center services can help with optimizing data backup or data recovery, the flow of data to individual employees or customers, and the use of aggregated big data to feed analytics machines that can show businesses more about where they are going in the future.
While many data center services can be primarily software oriented, others are still relatively physical, where comprehensive systems may involve a mix of hardware, software and human resources. Many of these services may apply to the physical structures involved in the data center, such as setting up adequate environmental and security equipment, as well as handling needs for utilities such as power and broadband. Any product that is oriented toward promoting better use of data centers and other similar frameworks could be called a data center service, and within this general category, many different kinds of IT setups and vendor services apply.