What is a data centre and how can it help or benefit your business? The internet plays a massive role in our lives and the demand for real-time data transmission is ever so high.
Did you know? Exabytes, Southeast Asia’s leading cloud and internet service provider has seven data centres spread out in the world, mainly in Southeast Asia.
What is a Data Centre?
A data centre is a server space within a building or group of buildings where computer facilities and networking equipment are located or centralised. The job of these facilities is to collect, store, process, and distribute large amounts of data. A data centre is also responsible for data backup and recovery, as well as networking. They host websites, manage emails, instant messaging services, and all things online related. They support cloud storage applications and e-commerce transactions, as well as online gaming communities too, require data centres to manage their online activities.
As IT operations are a crucial need in businesses today, data centres today generally include redundant or backup components and infrastructure for power supply, data communication connections, environmental controls, and security devices. Data centres connect communication networks so end-users can access information remotely. These vast numbers of clustered servers and related equipment are often found in a room or even in an entire compound.
The Importance of Data Centres
As businesses revolutionised, almost all modern businesses and government offices require the use of a data centre. They may either have their very own or lease from colocation servers. Today, there are a lot of corporations that process tons of information daily, for example, those that handle education, finance, telecommunication, retailers, and social networking services. Businesses that produce and utilise data require data centres as hosting servers to run their daily operations. Data centres can cater to speedy and secure access to data. The failure to deliver services like this will ultimately lead to the loss of clients and profits.
Standards of Exabytes’ Data Centers
Exabytes has thus far, built seven data centres around the world, mainly focusing on the areas in Southeast Asia. Our data centres are spread across the region, in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, as well as one across the globe in the United States.
Our data centres are equipped with Tier III ISPs, which allow global reach and fantastic QOS (Quality of Service).
What is Tier III ISP?
A Tier III ISP is by definition primarily engaged in delivering internet access to end customers, where the provider strictly purchases internet transit. Its focus is on local business and consumer market conditions, providing the “on-ramp” or local access to the internet for end users. This is done through cable, DSL, fibre or wireless access networks. Tier III ISPs utilise and pay higher-tier ISPs for access to the rest of the internet, with coverage limited to specific countries or sub-regions.
What is QoS?
QoS or Quality of Service in terms of this subject matter is the use of technologies or mechanisms to manage traffic and ensure the performance of critical applications. QoS enables organisations to adjust their overall network traffic by prioritising specific high-performance applications.
With the use of QoS, organisations can optimise the performance of various applications on their network and gain visibility into the bit rate, delay, jitter, and packet rate of their network. This enables and ensures that they can engineer the traffic on their network, and change the way that packets are routed to the internet or other networks to avoid transmission delays. This will also assure that the organisation achieves the expected service quality for applications and delivers the expected user experience.
The ultimate goal of QoS is to enable networks and organisations to prioritise traffic, including the offer of dedicated bandwidth, controlled jitter, and lower latency. The technologies used to ensure this is vital to enhancing the performance of business applications, WANs (wide-area networks), and service provider networks.
Exabytes’ Data Centres
Currently, there are a total of seven Exabytes Data Centres in the world, namely in the areas of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the United States. As the main hub of Exabytes, Malaysia houses three of Exabytes’ Data Centres, with one in Penang, one in Kuala Lumpur, and another in Cyberjaya.
Outside of Malaysia, Exabytes has data centres in Singapore, Jakarta in Indonesia, and Denver in the United States of America.
Exabytes’ Data Centres are the heart of our web hosting, dedicated server hosting, email service, and many of our other services. It is a place to store, manage, and disseminates all of our customers’ important data. Our Data centres house the network’s most critical systems and are vital to the continuity of daily operations. In the data centres, we have all the security features to protect the equipment and the premise.
Exabytes Malaysia Data Centre
Our data centre in Malaysia has multiple backbones from Tier III ISPs which allow global reach and fantastic QOS. Exabytes Malaysia Data Centre is the only IP transit service in Malaysia that provides SLAs, connected with good latency to major destinations worldwide and an estimate of 0.01% packet loss rate across the network.
At present, we are in the progress of upgrading our facilities to the highest level, a Tier IV. The various environmental aspects of our data centre including power, cooling, fire suppression and security are looked after by a central management system. The Exabytes Malaysia Data Center NOC monitors this system 24x7x365.
Our data centres have received multiple recognitions, where our Kuala Lumpur Data Centre is PCI DSS certified, and recently, our Selangor and KL data centres were certified by SIRIM QAS International, the governmental body responsible for the accreditation of businesses that meets the ISO standards.
Exabytes Singapore Data Centre
Exabytes’ Singapore data centres are equipped with the fire-suppression system, water detection system, complete climate and temperature control, raised floor facility, security, fault protection, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), standby, and redundant power generation, and diesel backup generators. Our first data centre in Singapore is Telstra, located in Payar Lebar.
Due to overwhelming response and strong support from our valued customers, we managed to grow leaps and bounds in just a few years. In 2018, Exabytes’ second data centre in Rack Central 1 (RC1) was completely ready! RC1 is a carrier-class Tier 3 Internet Data Centre located in Tai Seng Drive, Singapore. It houses close to 60 multinational customers, and more than 10 local and international telcos!
Exabytes US Data Centre
It all started in early 2015 when Exabytes US Data Centre signed a long-term lease and began prepping for our new data centre space, located in the Denver Tech Centre area, which is about 25 minutes south of downtown Denver. Exabytes have a sizable cage and two private offices at the Denver data centre, where the entire facility boasts some very impressive specifications, including over 15 years of continuous uptime.
The centre is well-equipped and prepared. In the event of a utility power failure, diesel generators will start immediately and carry the entire electricity load. The data centre facility is located in a building that has 24×7 on-site security. Their network is powered by a pair of redundant Juniper M5 routers and Cisco 6500 series switches. All of our edge and core equipment is interconnected in a full network mesh to provide maximum redundancy and salability
Exabytes Indonesia Data Centre
In Indonesia, Exabytes’ servers are hosted in NEX Data Center, one of the best in Indonesia located in the Kuningan area, South of Jakarta. As it offers premium neutral-carrier colocation server services, NEX, which has operated in Indonesia since 2009, is one of the pioneer data centres with tier-3 and ISO 9001 Certification (an international benchmark for quality management).
Cyber 2 Tower (JL HR Rasuna Said, South Jakarta) is the building where NEX Data Center and Exabytes Indonesia office are located. Therefore, when a technical issue arises, the process of repair can be completed as soon as possible. Cyber 2 Tower is a central business district in Jakarta, an area specially designed for data centres with the highest security level.
Some of the advantages of the NEX Data Center in terms of infrastructure are its resilient power and energy-efficient. It is known for its high availability and high adaptability with secure infrastructure and intelligent fire suppression and detection.
Choosing your data centre
An important decision to make, but how do you choose the right data centre?
It is highly recommended that you choose a data centre with years of experience and expertise so that it can support your goals of improving your business performance and services while reducing costs at the same time.
Exabytes started as a web-hosting company before we grew to the many fields we currently cover, taking businesses on a growing journey online. Developers are always on the search for a stable and secure server hosting platform, and businesses alike, a data centre that’s secured and stable, providing dedicated servers. This is where Exabytes comes as an assurance to all of these needs.
Server hosting or storing your data in-house may seem convenient, but outsourcing them to a professional data centre ensures security and stability. It would be the worst that could ever happen when a company faces a server crash and loses all its data.
Another alternative to this would be to engage a colocation server. This is when you house your privately owned servers in a third-party data centre. The benefits to this are the proper facilities and set-ups a professional data centre has, that ensures security and hardware maintenance in all fronts for your servers.
On top of the above, for enhanced security, businesses may consider hosting a Disaster Recovery with Exabytes. Hosting a Disaster Recovery on your hardware is almost a vital aspect for both a company’s IT and overall business strategy. The primary objective of this is to be able to recover from an outage or disaster as quickly as possible, minimising downtime. Businesses face potential disasters every second of the day. Malicious actors could be prepared to hack your online platforms, or strong wind could leave you without power. Some may face employee negligence resulting in customer data falling into the wrong hands. Disruption appears to be waiting around every corner.
To overcome these possible disasters and ensure a quick bounce back, disaster recovery on all your hardware could be the solution.