The name given to a building dedicated to housing data processing computers.
For example a large Internet Service Provider has a 'data centre' containing thousands of web servers. These servers are rented to clients who want to run a web site.
Another example is a finance company that keeps most of its mainframes in one building. This is the 'data centre'.
Data Centres are linked to the outside world through a number of high speed network links. They are usually air-conditioned to keep the computers cool and also highly secure to protect the data.
Data centres may also be 'mirrored' i.e. a duplicate data centre exist somewhere else so if one burns down, then other one can take over.
See disaster planning in the glossary
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