Data Center Architecture

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What Does Data Center Architecture Mean?

Data center architecture is the physical and logical layout of the resources and equipment within a data center facility.


It serves as a blueprint for designing and deploying a data center facility. It is a layered process which provides architectural guidelines in data center development.

Techopedia Explains Data Center Architecture

Data center architecture is usually created in the data center design and constructing phase.

The data center architecture specifies where and how the server, storage networking, racks and other data center resources will be physically placed.

It also addresses how these resources/devices will be interconnected and how physical and logical security workflows are arranged.

Typically, data center architecture consists of or incorporates:

  • Data center network architecture

  • Data center computing architecture

  • Data center security architecture

  • Data center physical architecture

  • Data center information architecture


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