What is a data center ？ A simple definition ： They keep fresh like a refrigerator , Store like a warehouse . However, there are still some problems for the devices running on the server shelf ： How to avoid overheating and excessive power 、 How to make enough backup , In case of power or network disruption . Data centers are also changing . Now we will use Brightsolid The company is in Aberdeen, UK （Aberdeen） Take the newly established data center as an example , Here are ten little-known features of today's data center .
Secret 1 You can't imagine what companies are running data centers
Brightsolid It's a publisher DC Thomson Subsidiary company .2009 year DC Thomson Also with 2500 The sky high price of ten thousand pounds goes to ITV Bought the hapless British social networking company Friends Reunited.Brightsolid company CEO Richard · Higgs （Richard Higgs） He used to be a famous game company in Scotland Chris van der Kuyl Responsible person .
Secret 2 Small is big
Brightsolid Invested in the Aberdeen data center 500 Thousands of pounds . It conforms to Tier III standard , Provide 99.88% Uptime for （uptime） and 400 Racks . The facility can hold the whole Facebook, But it's still small on a global scale . Small data centers are now seen as the future of the industry , Because they can blossom everywhere . In the future, every town may have one .
Secret 3 Data center 99% It's about cooling
Data center builders often talk about how to reduce the temperature without generating high electricity bills . From the purest point of view, the data center , The computing hardware in it is just a huge heat source . The data center uses data from the UK Ecofris The company's Cooling Technology , Energy consumption ratio （Power Usage Effectiveness,PUE） achieve 1.25, Than the industry average 2.0 Better .
Secret 4 Dust is another enemy
This type of data center doesn't need to be completely clean , but shi Filtering to clean the air is also very important . In the Aberdeen facility , This is done through the vents on the two main corridors , So visitors sometimes hear noise in the facility .
Secret 5 The data center is not black and white
You think the data center is an empty palace full of gray racks and cooling equipment ？ Such is the case , But color is important to help visiting Telecom engineers and hosting partners find the right device . Some of these devices are even placed in tandem machine rooms （Meet-Me-Room） in , To meet security needs . trusteeship （Co-location） It can be seen as a model to make the data center more like a hotel to customers .
Secret 6 It's harder than it looks to put out the fire
Most buildings can put out fires with only sprinkler systems . However, water is fatal to data centers full of electrical equipment . The Aberdeen data center uses a gas fire extinguisher , It is 3M The company's Novec 1230, Containing compounds based on haloalkanes .
Secret 7 Modern data centers are more like Lego cities
in fact , Building a data center is now a professional task , It's often handed over to partners . Aberdeen's data center is owned by Keysource The company is built in a modular way . This way, the data center can be expanded in stages over time , It can be done without creating space 、 Electric power 、 elastic 、 Expand new infrastructure in case of heat or data problems .
Secret 8 The battery is big
If there's a power outage ,PowerWave 6000 UPS It can provide an extra 10 minutes of power , after ze By two 1000 Kilovolt ampere generator power supply , They can keep the data center running without extra fuel 72 Hours . This kind of device has nothing to do with data , But engineers are still worried about them .Brightsolid Companies usually offer 2N Backup power and N+1 Backup power solutions .
Secret 9 Data centers are becoming street stores
Can data centers be placed anywhere ？ In many cases the answer is surprising ： Is not the case, . Customers want the data center to be as close to the company as possible . There is only one smaller data center in Aberdeen besides this new one , The city's energy industry creates a lot of demand , And the growing interest of the public sector and enterprises in the cloud will also bring development space .
Secret 10 The driving force of the data center is the cloud, not the data
DC Thomson The company's Brightsolid The branch is hosting Microsoft Azure One of the few UK partners in the cloud platform .Azure It's a global distributed system , Support the company's applications and services . The Aberdeen data center chose the hybrid cloud model , It will be public and private Hyper-V/VMWare Infrastructure is connected , And provide disaster recovery 、IaaS And backup management services .