Chapter 25. Datacenters Overview

Datacenters are where servers and network gear are housed. Even a company with only a single server needs to put it somewhere. Because many people rely on these machines, servers should be housed in a location that promotes reliability by keeping the servers physically safe and out of the way of accidental bumps, and by providing sufficient clean, protected power and sufficient cooling. There are many types of locations:

Datacenter: A large facility purpose-built for housing computing equipment. Usually a dedicated building but sometimes a floor of a building.

Colocation (“colo”) space: A datacenter run by one organization, which then rents space to other companies.

Computer room: A single room in an office ...

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