Data Centres

1. Read the extract and explain the bolded words.

data center (American English) or data centre (British English) is a building, dedicated space within a building, or a group of buildings used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems.

Since IT operations are crucial for business continuity, it generally includes redundant or backup components and infrastructure for power supply, data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g. air conditioning, fire suppression) and various security devices. A large data center is an industrial-scale operation using as much electricity as a small town.

2.  Look at the picture and point out one advantage and one disadvantage for each type as the location for Tier4 data centre.

3. Rupert Wilson, CIO of a small investment bank, is visiting a German data centre to find out about the services they offer. Helmut Schwartz is taking him on a tour of the data centre. Listen to the first part of Helmut’s tour and say if the following statements are TRUE (T) or FALSE (F).

4. Listen to the talk again and add ideas that have been mentioned by Helmut to the graph.
5. Listen to the second part of the tour and match the words with items 1-10 on the graph.
6. Match the words from the talk with the meanings.

1 In your work, what sort of data is mission-critical?

2 How important is redundancy for the protection of data?

3 What elements do you think are important for the resilience of a Tier 4 data centre?

4 How might a Tier 1 data centre differ from a more secure one?

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