What is a Data Center? The Different Types of Data Centers

The term "data center" has recently become a catch-all for any more or less organized computing environment. Nonetheless, different types of data centers exist. Each IT network has distinct features that must be considered while developing the data center to meet end-user demands.  In this article, we will look at the many types of data centers, their architecture, and a variety of jobs. Consider how these factors affect the selection criteria for network equipment and technologies.

What is a Data center? 

A data center is a facility that provides shared access to applications and data through the use of a complex network, computer, and storage infrastructure. There are industry standards to help with the design, development, and maintenance of data center facilities and infrastructures to ensure data security and availability.

Types Of Data Centers

  • Enterprise Data Centers

Individual organizations generally employ enterprise data centers to handle their IT operations. These data centers are further divided into on-premises and off-premises (cloud).

  • On-Premises Data Centers

On-premises data centers are located on the organization's real grounds. These data centers allow complete control over hardware, software, and security. They are typically used by large organizations with significant IT infrastructure requirements.

  • Cloud Data Centers

Cloud data centers are managed by third-party service providers and provide computing resources through the Internet. They are scalable, versatile, and affordable. AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud all have massive global data center networks that service enterprises worldwide.

  • Colocation Data Centers

Colocation data centers are facilities in which several organizations rent space for their servers and networking equipment. These data centers provide critical services such as power, cooling, physical security, and network connectivity, allowing businesses to focus on core operations rather than infrastructure administration.

  • Edge Data Centers

Edge data centers are purposefully situated closer to end-users or IoT devices to reduce latency and improve performance. They are critical in applications that require real-time data processing, such as autonomous cars and augmented reality.

  • Hyperscale Data Centers

Hyperscale data centers are large structures designed to accommodate the massive computing needs of digital titans such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon. These data centers are famed for their energy efficiency and cutting-edge technologies, and they hold hundreds of servers and storage devices.

  • Modular and Containerized Data Centers

Modular and containerized data centers are prefabricated, modular structures that may be quickly deployed. They're perfect for temporary or distant operations, disaster recovery, and situations where a traditional data center build-out isn't feasible.

  • Green Data Centers

As environmental concerns develop, green data centers prioritize sustainability and energy efficiency. To lower their carbon impact, they use renewable energy sources, innovative cooling techniques, and energy-efficient gear.

  • Micro Data Centers

Micro data centers are smaller-scale facilities that bring computer capacity closer to users. They are ideal for small spaces and can be found in industries such as retail and manufacturing.

The Importance of Data Centers

Data centers serve as the backbone of the digital world, allowing corporations, governments, and individuals to securely access and store data. Here are some of the primary reasons why data centers are required.

  • Scalability

Data centers enable IT resources to be scaled up or down as needed. This is critical for organizations experiencing growth or seasonal demand swings.

  • Reliability

Downtime in data centers can result in considerable financial losses as well as reputational damage. To achieve high availability, redundant systems, and backup power sources are frequent features.

  • Security

To safeguard sensitive data from unauthorized access, data centers use numerous layers of security measures such as physical access controls, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption.

  • Performance

In data centers, high-performance computing and networking equipment ensure that applications and services run smoothly and respond promptly to user demands.

  • Disaster Recovery

To limit the impact of unforeseen disasters, data centers build disaster recovery plans. These strategies must include redundant data storage, off-site backups, and failover solutions.

  • Compliance

To meet regulatory requirements and protect data integrity, data centers frequently comply with industry-specific compliance standards, such as HIPAA for healthcare or PCI DSS for payment processing.

  • Cost Efficiency

Cloud data centers provide cost-effective pay-as-you-go models, eliminating the need for organizations to make large upfront infrastructure investments.

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Final Thoughts 

Finally, data centers are the digital age's backbone, providing the infrastructure needed for data storage, processing, and transport. Understanding the many types of data centers and their significance is essential for both businesses and individuals navigating the ever-changing world of technology. These facilities, whether small on-premises data centers or massive hyper-scale facilities are critical in shaping our digital future.

One thing is certain: data center models, technology, and techniques will evolve further. We will continue to improve our global digital infrastructure platform at Server Colocation UK in order to make our IBX and xScale data centers the most dependable, scalable, secure, and sustainable for our customers.

Colocation FAQs

About Server Colocation UK

Our servers are located in our own data center which is located in Derby, United Kingdom.
The data center is fully owned and managed by Data center plus, giving us the flexibility to work with our customers requirements and provide unrivaled levels of support.

Our data center is located next to Mansfield Road, Derby, UK. We are very accessible.
Our address is: Suite 18, Parker House, Mansfield Road, Derby, DE21 4SZ

Tour of our data center facilities is reserved for customers who are looking for colocation services with Data center plus.
If you would like to visit the data center, we must receive at least 24 hours notice.
You will also require to bring a form of ID in the form of a passport or driving license. We cannot allow anyone into the data center failing these requirements.

If you would like to place an order please contact us directly.
You can contact our sales team directly on 0808 169 7866 or emailing info@servercolocation.uk.
If you are an existing customer, log in to the site and simply check out after selecting your new service and proceed to payment options. The details of your new service will be added to your account portal.
If you are placing an order that is an upgrade to your existing one, get in touch with your account manager or raise a support ticket at info@servercolocation.uk.


If you are experiencing issues with your server, we recommend that the first you do is to raise a support ticket with our support team.
This can be done by sending an email to info@servercolocation.uk.
Alternatively, if the matter is time sensitive, feel free to give us a call on 0808 169 7866 and select the option for Support.
We have a 30 minute SLA response time to any ticket raised.

Remote hands cover requests made within office hours.
Our Remote Hands service covers assistance with the following items:
– Server reboots
– CDROM connect/disconnect
– Cable checks and moving network cables.
– Checking/relaying diagnostics information back to the customer.
If you require services outside of the above (for example, installation of software), we can provide this as part of our Additional Services, which is chargeable. Please contact your account manager or our helpdesk for further information.

Support for hardware failure is 24/7/365 on our Managed Servers.
Most failed hardware components can be replaced within 1 hour (during office hours and subject to parts being in stock.
Office Hours: 08:30 – 18:00

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