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7 different types of data centre - which one is best for your business?

20 June 2022

Types of Data Centres

7 types of data centres


Options for today's data storage have increased significantly in recent years. Businesses can even use hybrid models that utilise two different types of storage solutions now.

Here are the 7 types of data centres and their features, so you can determine which one is best for your environment.


1. Cloud

About 90% of companies globally use the cloud as a storage options. It's great because of its seemingly infinite capacity, value for money and reliability. But there's downsides to cloud storage too. With the increase in IoT, there is an increase in need for no downtime and instant data transference for businesses. As more of our lives go online, these will become bigger issues.

Choose cloud if tiny time lags don't matter for your situation.


2. Server Room

These are fast becoming the grandfather of data storage, utilising a huge amount of space for drives that hold data in a storage room. Great for keeping information on your own site, but extremely costly to run and can take months or years to implement. They also can't be easily relocated. Great for larger companies with space and resources.


3. Colocation

Rent space and equipment at an external data centre or third party. You don't need to outlay money to set it up or own the hardware and you don't carry the security issue. A great option for small to medium businesses requiring the features of larger IT departments, without the cost or direct management.


4. Micro Data Centre (MDC)

A small, self-contained unit that stores data. Extremely portable and whisper-quiet and they don't take up much space. Ideal in offices that are small in size and require virtually silent operations. No specialist IT skills are requirement to operate an MDC and they can scale by adding additional units.


5. Outdoor Data Centre (ODC)

An MDC that can be located outside. Perfect for remote locations and those with limited infrastructure and unreliable power. ODCs are weatherproof and come in a variety of sizes. An ODC can be located in close proximity to where the data is generated. Ideal for mining, smart farms, telecom towers, 5G etc.


6. Containerised Data Centre

These are situated outside and can enclose any number and configuration of MDCs to manage larger volumes of data. They offer a plug 'n play solution and can scale with the needs of the business and increase storage capacity when required. Ideal for multi-tenant sites, joint operations and in both permanent or temporary fixtures. Easily portable by truck.


7. Hybrid Storage

A hybrid model is increasing in popularity and includes both on site storage and cloud storage. It allows the business infinite capacity but also the host of benefits of onsite storage.


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Original article published by Zella DC : https://www.zelladc.com/insights/what-are-the-different-types-of-data-centres?