Big Data requires big infrastructure. A data center is largely defined by the industry as a facility with computing infrastructure, storage, and backup power. Its interior is usually designed as rows of racks containing stacked servers (a motherboard and hard drive). Most data centers are designed with symmetry in mind, alternate between warm and cool isles, and are dimly lit and noisy. The data center functions as a combination of software and hardware designed to process data requests – to receive, store, and deliver – to “serve” data, such as games, music, emails, and apps, to clients over a network. It has redundant connections to the Internet and is powered from multiple local utilities, diesel generators, battery banks, and cooling systems. Our ever-growing desire to measure and automate our world has seen a surge in data production, as Big Data.
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