What is a datacenter?

A data centre or computer room is a facility or room used to house mission-critical computer systems and associated components for companies and organizations. It generally includes environmental controls (air conditioning, fire suppression, etc.), redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, high-security computing hardware, and storage devices. A data centre can be considered the brain of a company; without it, business can cease to communicate, perceive, remember, and create. The end result is a business that ceases to function.

Kernel Solutions:

The main goal of Kernel is to help customers achieve lower TCO, business continuity, and optimisation of the data centre with products, technologies, professional services, better resource utilisation, and improved management throughout the entire life of the products in the data centre.

Datacenters house complex IT infrastructure, critical business applications, and maybe one of the most important assets of a company: business data.

At Kernel, we believe in the power of partnership, and this fact allows us, together with our partner ecosystem, to provide you with a complete portfolio of solutions:

  1. Infrastructure: The infrastructure represents the foundation of the data centre and comprises the following elements: the building that houses the data centre, the power supply, cooling, ventilation, environment control, UPS and emergency power generation, structured cabling, optics, fire protection and alarm, physical security, and access control.
  2. Networking Solution: High-speed and low-latency communication are essential for enabling the datacenter to perform to its maximum performance parameters. Using our partnerships with top vendors and our broad experience, we ensure that each solution is tailored to the specific needs of each customer.
  3. Security Solutions: For a company, confidentiality, integrity, and the availability of its data and information are vital to preserving its competitive advantage, intellectual property, reputation, profitability, and growth.
  4. Server Infrastructure: The decision-makers need a constant input of processed information in order to define the business strategy of the company. The server infrastructure must be designed with performance, expandability, density, power consumption, and heat dissipation in mind. Kernel has a full portfolio of solutions from top vendors, starting with stand-alone servers up to blade enclosures and HPC infrastructures.
  5. Storage Infrastructure: In order to be processed, the information must be stored in a way that facilitates efficient access for retrieval, update, or erase. As more IT technology progresses, companies want to work with information stored in various formats, starting with plain text in databases and ending up with pictures and video streams. This trend is putting pressure on storage solutions that must be capable of increasing the amount of data that they can store while at the same time boosting performance while lowering latency and power consumption. At Kernel, we have a full suite of storage solutions, starting with direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS), storage area networks (SAN), and high-end storage solutions, including cloud.
  6. Virtualization Solutions: Virtualization is an extraordinary innovation that is enabling companies to take advantage of the ever-increasing power of computing hardware by allowing the physical servers to be partitioned into multiple virtual instances, ensuring proper utilisation of the resources available while reducing costs.
  7. Business Applications: Ensure that the employees can gather, process, and share information with coworkers, partners, and customers. As a couple of examples, we can mention ERP (enterprise resource planning), CRM (customer relationship manager), web portals, public sector applications, financial applications, and training applications.
Datacenter: Site Infrastructure Tier Standards

Tier I

  1. Single non-redundant distribution path serving the IT equipment.
  2. Non-redundant capacity components.
  3. Basic site infrastructure guarantees 99.671% availability.

Tier II

  1. Meets or exceeds all Tier 1 requirements.
  2. Redundant site infrastructure capacity components guarantee 99.741% availability.

Tier III

  1. Meets or exceeds all Tier 1 and 2 requirements.
  2. Multiple independent distribution paths serve the IT equipment.
  3. All IT equipment must be dual-powered and fully compatible with the topology of a site's architecture.
  4. Concurrently maintainable site infrastructure guarantees 99.982% availability.

Tier IV

  1. Meets or exceeds all Tier 1, 2, and 3 requirements.
  2. All cooling equipment is independently dual-powered, including chillers and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  3. Fault-tolerant site infrastructure with electrical power storage and distribution facilities guarantees 99.995% availability.