The traditional on-site server room is slowly but surely dying. A study by Gartner found that by 2025 80% of conventional server rooms will no longer be operational in favor of a cloud-based or colocation alternative. Because the transition is happening rapidly, many people attempt to use the terms server room and data center interchangeably. Unfortunately, this could lead to confusion as businesses plan their digital transformation strategy. The confusion comes from how we define a server room and data center.
Essentially it breaks down to where a company’s servers, routers, switches, and software live. Of course, each comes with its own advantages and drawbacks, but with the evolving business landscape, data centers are gaining popularity with benefits that outweigh the disadvantages.
In this article, we explore the difference between server rooms and data centers. We break down the benefits of a server room and why complete control could mean inflated costs and unforeseen challenges. Likewise, read about how data centers offer a cloud-based solution that adapts to your changing business while remaining affordable.
|Server Room||Data Center|
|A dedicated room or space that resides in a business's physical location and houses an organization’s technological equipment.||An off-site location, similar to a warehouse, that houses a collection of servers for several organizations that a third-party company manages.|