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Data Center Hardware

Definition - What does Data Center Hardware mean?

Data center hardware is the collective IT and other hardware components that make up the entire data center infrastructure.

It is a term that collectively defines and includes functional and non-functional hardware devices and equipment necessary for the operations of a data center.

Techopedia explains Data Center Hardware

Typically, data center hardware includes:

  • Core computing equipment such as:
    • Desktops
    • Servers
    • Server racks
  • Network equipment including:
    • Routers
    • Switches
    • Modems
    • Firewalls
    • Cables
  • Storage resources such as:
    • Hard drives
    • Tape drives
    • Backup storage resources
  • Power and cooling infrastructure (usually managed through HVAC software/system) including:
    • Power generators
    • Cooling towers
    • Uninterrupted power supply system (UPS)
  • Other input/output devices such as:
    • Printers
    • Keyboards
    • Mouses
    • Scanners
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