People would argue that the data center is the room where the servers are stored. Others visualize quite a different picture. It is true that at one time, the data center was little more than a secure server room.
Business models have gone through a complete cycle from centralized data centers to decentralized and now back to centralized. Businesses realize that data is their strongest asset and as such are making strides to assure its availability, security and redundancy.
Today’s business needs may be summarized as one of the following; Maximizing utilization of server resources. Maintain high density, performance & resilient connectivity to the server farm and also to extend to the metropolitan area beyond the data center physical perimeters. Finally to increase the end-user service level through implementing disaster recovery capabilities.
BTC Networks follows stringent design objectives that enable data centers to perform their roles and fulfill the above mentioned needs. There are four objectives in the design of any high performance data center:
BTC offers a complete network security solution for data centers, including:
- Data Center Mega Firewalls
- Network and host-based Intrusion Detection and Prevention systems
- Network, System and Application-based Vulnerability Assessment
- Network perimeter security.
- Server-based Policy compliancy checker.
Availability is generally ensured by the overall network design and implemented in several ways. First, minimize the occurrence of service problems and the time to recover from problems. Second, high availability must be considered at each network layer, with redundancy and failover provisions made at the physical, data link , network , and application layers. We achieve high-levels of Availability and resiliency in the Data Center Switches with Application Intelligence (Services Load-Balancing) and Disaster Recovery solutions.
Scalability must be provided in every data center. Content-aware Server load balancing is the norm, and techniques such as reverse proxy caching are often used to offload servers. Advanced data centers should also have the ability to automatically and immediately identify and replicate hot content to overflow or backup servers or cache to ensure the ability to support the increased demand without compromising performance.
Manageability means much more than simply knowing if a server or other network element is “up or down.” Especially in service provider data centers supporting multiple customers, the ability to assess service levels on a per-customer basis is essential to the offering and administration of service-level agreements (SLAs).
Today’s business and competitive environment requires that each of these objectives be considered from a complete end-to-end perspective.