Data Center Storage

What Does Data Center Storage Mean?

Data center storage is the collective term used to define the tools, technologies and processes to design, implement, manage and monitor storage infrastructure and resources within a data center.

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It is part of the data center infrastructure and includes all IT/data center assets that directly or indirectly play a part in storage within a data center.

Techopedia Explains Data Center Storage

Data center storage primarily refers to the devices, equipment and software technologies that enable data and application storage within a data center facility. This includes:

  • Hard disk drives, tape drives and other forms of internal and external storage
  • Storage and backup management software utilities
  • External storage facilities/solutions such as cloud or remote storage
  • Storage networking technologies such as storage area networks (SAN), network attached storage (NAS), RAID and more

It also includes data center storage policy and procedures that govern the entire process of data storage and retrieval. Moreover, data center storage may also incorporate data center storage security and access control procedures and methodologies.

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