Picture a gigantic room that seems to be filled with nothing but occasionally twinkling lights and shelf after shelf of black boxes all stacked one atop each other – this is the common interior of data centres all over the world. While this den of technology may seem rather unextraordinary this is, in fact, the physical home of that digital world that is utilised across offices and businesses everywhere – ‘the cloud’.
The enormous amount of data that is filtered through homes, businesses and individuals’ devices all over the world through the internet every day has to be stored somewhere, and that is where data centre’s come in. Data centres provide cloud computing solutions by storing the physical hardware required to facilitate huge swaths of data to be processed and transferred between devices.
Businesses, from banks to telecommunications all require swaths of memory to account for all logistics, employee documents and client data and more and more are moving to data centres to make this area of business easy and convenient. Storing data on site can be an enormous outlay for businesses – the expense of both the hardware investments, electricity costs and IT maintenance can become astronomical. Cloud technology solutions help minimise all of these problem areas.
It is within these data centres that ‘the cloud’ truly lives. Which raises the question – what is the cloud and how does the data stored within the cloud get to me? The answer is simple -the internet. Essentially, the cloud is like a massive extension of your own personal computer hard drive, storing monumental amounts of data which can be accessed remotely via the internet. This is a huge benefit to companies with lots of data to process and store, allowing you to keep your costs down within your own business space, but let your data grow as necessary.
What’s also interesting about data centre’s is their shared nature. For example, if you were looking to find a particular Facebook photo, business file or email within one of the hard drives of the data centre, you wouldn’t be able to. This is a unique feature of cloud computing technology – as well as the data being stored remotely and securely, all files and processing workloads, are being shared across multiple machines.
Being able to share processes and data is a way of safeguarding any potential failures, allowing the full file or software process to bounce over to another part of the system instantly. It is in this way that ‘the cloud’ exists, as it is not a library of files and processes, but instead a haze of data, with bytes of information flying through space constantly.
Data Centre’s are now set up around the world, with Google for example, sporting 12 cloud technology centres in 12 regions across the globe. But it’s not just Google – mega-tech companies like Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have their own data centres all across the United States, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.
Companies like these recognise the benefits in seating their data and cloud technology offsite, minimising costs in both energy and land. Australia, and notably, Queensland, has our very own cloud computing centre – The Polaris Data Centre. Based in Springfield Central, the Polaris Data Centre is one of the most advanced data centres and cloud technology solutions in Australia. Purpose designed, Polaris is situated in a location not susceptible to geopolitical events or natural disasters and features a host of security and redundancy features to ensure all data is stored safely and for the long-term.
If you’re ready to take advantage of the cloud, contact the Polaris Data Centre on their website or call 07 3819 9800. You can also find out more about Polaris and how it compares with other cloud technology solutions.