What is a Virtual Data Center?

Those of us immersed in IT on a daily basis often forget that, for most people, many of the technical phrases we use can sound like a foreign language. The term “virtual data center” is a good example. So, what exactly is a virtual data center?

If you’re not sure, don’t worry – we’re here to help. We’ll start by taking a look at the technical definition of a virtual data center, but we won’t leave you there. We’ll also make sure to translate the concepts into the language of the living room. So, let’s get started.

The Technical Definition of a Virtual Data Center

If somebody asks you what a virtual data center is, you can tell them this: a virtual data center is a virtualized pool of cloud infrastructure resources, including computing, memory, storage, and bandwidth, that are designed specifically for enterprise business needs. You’ll sound like you’ve memorized a Wikipedia page, which will definitely be impressive.

The Layman’s Definition of a Virtual Data Center

Well, now that we’ve gotten the technical definition out of the way, let’s try to figure out exactly what it actually means.

To start with, let’s take a look at the phrase, “virtualized pool of cloud infrastructure resources”. It sounds complicated, but essentially, all it really means is a collection of real, tangible servers. Have you ever seen a server? Well, a pool of cloud infrastructure resources is basically just multiple servers, set up to work together.

What about the phrase “enterprise business needs”? That just means that the network of servers has been set up to help businesses perform the activities that they need to do– whether that be managing customer data or running web applications.

So, when it comes to a virtual data center, think of it this way: in your house, you might have your own laptop, a laptop for your spouse, and a desktop – three different machines. A virtual data center would just mean that these machines were working together to share computing resources. The storage, RAM, and CPU power would all be combined into one system that could be accessed at any time.

Why Virtual Data Centers are Useful

Now that you know what virtual data centers are, it’s worthwhile to have an understanding of what makes them useful.

The great thing about virtual data centers is that, because resources are shared, you’re always allotted the correct amount. When you use an app or program that requires a lot of computing power, you’re able to access it. When you don’t need power, you don’t use it. That means that you’re only paying for what you need, when you need it.

Have any more questions about what a virtual data center is, or why they’re helpful? Let us know. At Swift Systems, we’re honored to provide technology services to Maryland businesses. Get in touch with us online, or call us at 301.682.5100

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