Data Center Infrastructure

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What Does Data Center Infrastructure Mean?

Data center infrastructure refers to the core physical or hardware-based resources and components – including all IT infrastructure devices, equipment and technologies – that comprise a data center. It is modeled and identified in a design plan that includes a complete listing of necessary infrastructure components used to create a data center.

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Techopedia Explains Data Center Infrastructure

A data center infrastructure may include:

  • Servers
  • Computers
  • Networking equipment, such as routers or switches
  • Security, such as firewall or biometric security system
  • Storage, such as storage area network (SAN) or backup/tape storage
  • Data center management software/applications

It can also include non-computing resources, such as:

  • Power and cooling devices, such as air conditioners or generators
  • Physical server racks/chassis
  • Cables
  • Internet backbone
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.