It is the brain of a company and the place where the most critical processes are run. Find out why data centers are necessary and – looking at SAP’s data center in St. Leon-Rot as an example – what they contain, and how they are operated.
Large-scale computer systems have been around for a while, and many people are already familiar with the term data center. In the 1940s, computers were so large that individual rooms had to be specially set aside to house them. Even the steady miniaturization of the computer did not initially change this arrangement because the functional scope increased to such an extent that the systems still required the same amount of space. Even today, with individual PCs being much more powerful than any mainframe system from those days, every large-scale operation has complex IT infrastructures with a substantial amount of hardware – and they are still housed in properly outfitted rooms. Depending on their size, these are referred to as “server rooms” or “data centers.”