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What are data centers? How they work and how they are changing in size and scope

A data center is the physical facility providing the compute power to run applications, the storage capabilities to process data, and the networking to connect employees with the resources needed to do their jobs.

Experts have been predicting that the on-premises data center will be replaced by cloud-based alternatives, but many organizations have concluded that they will always have applications that need to live on-premises. Rather than dying, the data center is evolving.

It is becoming more distributed, with edge data centers springing up to process IoT data. It is being modernized to operate more efficiently through technologies like virtualization and containers. It is adding cloud-like features such as self-service. And the on-prem data center is integrating with cloud resources in a hybrid model.

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Source:: Network World – Data Center