Data center solutions refer to the products and services needed to create and maintain a data center. Products include IT equipment, like servers, routers, storage systems, and firewalls, as well as supporting infrastructure for the physical data center, like cooling systems, batteries, generators and cabling. Services include technical support, installation, and configuration.
Depending on size and needs, a business may use its own data centers or it may share a section of a data center with other tenants. Consequently, data center solutions can include just the setup and maintenance of certain racks within a data center, or they can expand to include the design and construction of an entirely new, proprietary data center.
As more data and infrastructure are virtualized, more solutions address the resources needed for access and protection of data in the cloud. A software-defined data center runs workloads locally or in the cloud or moves them back and forth as needed. Commonly, businesses use a physical data center along with cloud resources or providers. Data center solutions can then include support for virtualized networking, storage and security.