Big banks of circuit boards and wires engulfing entire floors of an office building are a thing of the past. Data centers — those huge complex facilities — have evolved into fast, compact, even virtual data storage systems.
So how have data centers evolved and how do those changes affect your business? One thing’s for certain, your storage and network solutions sure aren’t your grandparent’s data center.
Data centers over the decades
You would have found huge multi-floor data centers back in the 1960s in government offices and companies that needed backup in case crucial information was lost. Data centers could span more than one location to help with redundancy. They were costly to run, took up a lot of space and required “all hands on deck” to manage them.
Bring on the 1970s, when we got the first microprocessor, which reduced the need for those huge spaces; and then in the 1980s, when IBM brought us the first personal computer. An increase in computer usage meant an even bigger need for data backup.
The ’90s brought “microcomputers” that were used as servers, replacing the big mainframes of the 1960s and ’70s. They reduced those full-floor data centers to closet-sized server rooms, but that still didn’t eliminate the need for backup. Combine that with the dotcom boom during which fast internet connectivity was (and still is) essential, and data centers grew to as many as thousands of servers, albeit smaller units.
Today, most companies do have a data center, but that data center involves virtual storage and security systems along with cloud computing, instead of physical mainframes. Servers and services are obtained “on demand.”
What the evolution of data centers means
More than ever, data is critical to the success of your business or organization. Whether your operation uses cloud computing or you need offsite storage, redundancy and disaster recovery plans for your data, you must have reliable and fast data center solutions.
Make sure your network and data center strategy is fast, secure and reliable by implementing a plan with Horizon, a company that has established connections to data centers across the Midwest, connected by a pure fiber-optic Ethernet network that delivers up to 100 gigabit speed.
They’ll evaluate your company’s needs and set up a system that will ensure you never lose data or have your network “go down.” Opt for the security that comes with a Tier 4-classified data center or the Tier 1, but do make sure your data is secure and easy to get to — no matter what.
Look to Horizon for dedicated, fast and pure fiber-optic network solutions. Horizon offers enterprise fiber-optic broadband in the Columbus metro location, rural south and southeast Ohio and select areas in the Midwest. Businesses wanting more information on our network and services, please contact us.