Data Center Operations

What Does Data Center Operations Mean?

Data center operations refer to the workflow and processes that are performed within a data center.


This includes computing and non-computing processes that are specific to a data center facility or data center environment. Data center operations include all automated and manual processes essential to keep the data center operational.

Techopedia Explains Data Center Operations

Data center operations is a broad term that includes all processes and operations performed within a data center. Typically, data center operations are distributed across several categories such as:

  • Infrastructure Operations: Installing, maintaining, monitoring, patching and updating server, storage and network resources
  • Security: Processes, tools and technologies that ensure physical and logical security in the data center premises
  • Power and cooling: All processes that ensure enough power is supplied to the data center facility and the cooling system is operational
  • Management: Creation, enforcement and monitoring of policies and procedures within data center processes

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