What is a data center?
A data center is a facility that an organization uses for housing their IT equipment, including servers, storage, networking devices (such as switches, routers and firewalls), as well as the racks and cabling needed to organize and connect this equipment. This equipment also requires infrastructure to support it such as power distribution systems (including backup generators and uninterruptible power supplies) and ventilation and cooling systems (such as air conditioning systems or liquid cooling systems). A data center can range in size from a single room to a massive multi-warehouse complex.
In 2005, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) published standard ANSI/TIA-942, "Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers", which defines four tiers of data centers by various levels of reliability or resilience. For example, a Tier 1 data center is little more than a server room, while a Tier 4 data center offers redundant subsystems and high security.
Why do you need it?
The core business and daily operations of almost all modern enterprises now require IT systems and computing power to support them, as well as store, manage and analyze the large amount of data they are gathering each day. Housing these systems in a centralized facility simplifies management and infrastructure efficiency, as well as making it easier to implement better reliability and security features.
Depending on their situation and requirements, an organization may choose to build and operate their own data center, house their server equipment in a data center owned and operated by a third party ("co-location data center"), or outsource all of their IT operations equipment and infrastructure to a third party provider ("cloud computing").
How is GIGABYTE helpful?
GIGABYTE is a leading supplier of server hardware used in data centers worldwide, including for some of the biggest companies involved in HPC (High Performance Computing) and cloud & web hosting services. Our product families include server systems for standard 19" racks based on a variety of CPU platforms (such as Intel Xeon, AMD EYPC and ARM) as well as 21" OCP Open Rack Standards compliant systems ("RACKLUTION-OP"), based on open-source design guidelines and specifications which aim to create more efficient, flexible, and scalable data center hardware.
GIGABYTE has also been working with a variety of data center liquid cooling infrastructure partners to help customers improve their data center PUE and reduce power consumption, including developing compatible products and solutions for direct-to-chip liquid cooling (liquid to liquid and liquid to air), one-phase oil immersion cooling, and two-phase liquid immersion cooling systems.
Success CaseGIGABYTE 5G and Edge Solutions at MWC 2021: The Servers of Choice for Taipei Music Center, ITRI and New Taipei Police, NVIDIA Aerial SDK
GIGABYTE’s E-Series Edge Servers are the highlight of MWC Barcelona 2021. This product line is the fruition of GIGABYTE’s long history of providing 5G and edge computing solutions for key clients, including Taipei Music Center, which wanted to stage VR concerts, and ITRI and New Taipei Police, which needed to maintain order during the Pokémon GO craze. The E251-U70, the first model in the E-Series, exemplifies industry know-how and design philosophy distilled from previous success cases. It has been chosen by NVIDIA to be part of its Aerial Developer Kit.
By using GIGABYTE, Spain’s Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems is pitting the world’s foremost server solutions against some of the world’s most pressing issues, including the effects of climate change, the effects of pollution, and the COVID-19 pandemic. GIGABYTE servers are up to the diverse and daunting tasks, because they are designed for high performance computing, intensive numerical simulations, AI development, and big data management.
The Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at the University of Barcelona has increased the capacity of their on-campus data center by over 40% with a new cluster of GIGABYTE servers. Hundreds of researchers will benefit from the computing power of AMD EPYC™ processors. Administrators can easily manage the cluster with GIGABYTE Server Management (GSM), a proprietary multiple server remote management software platform provided for free by GIGABYTE.
GIGABYTE is pleased to publish our first long-form “Tech Guide”: an in-depth, multipart document shedding light on important tech trends or applications, and presenting possible solutions to help you benefit from these innovations. In this Tech Guide, we delve into the making of “Data Centers”—what they are, who they are for, what to keep in mind when building them, and how you may build your own with products and consultation from GIGABYTE.