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A cloud data center is a computer server that is connected to the internet, and from which data is accessed. It is different from a traditional data center in that it does not have a power supply. The customer’s power supply powers the data center, and the customer controls the server’s power supply.

Cloud Data Centers are often used to provide companies with a new way to hold servers because it eliminates the need for physical servers considering their cost implications. At DS Total Solutions, all the cloud computing services offered are also extremely useful for companies that seek to run their entire operational infrastructure with a single click. Cloud Solutions are not only easy to use but also save great sums of money on physical servers. With high-end Cloud Solutions providers like Juniper, companies are required to collaborate with third-party agencies to experience premium customer service and vendor management that is focused on consulting, designing and building need-specific cloud solutions for their exclusive needs. For instance, at DS Total Solutions, our 24/7 customer services not only takes the vendor management and vendor support burden off of your company but offers a thorough and thorough guide to help you go up and running with your cloud computing.

A common misconception among companies who have taken up this new technology is that they can buy an entire data center and add an under-the-hood virtual machine inside it. This would be very costly and impractical because it would require enormous amounts of power (and space) to store all of their information and applications. In reality, a cloud data center does not have its power supply; instead, all of the computer systems in a cloud data center use electricity produced by other customers’ computers connected to them. If any one customer’s computer was offline, then no electricity would be available – meaning that customers who buy this service cannot charge each other for electricity.

What makes cloud computing and cloud storage different from traditional cloud services? The primary difference between traditional cloud computing and cloud computing is that, in cloud computing, there are no restrictions on what applications can be run in these environments. Traditional cloud services could only run applications written on their hardware or ones that are usually purchased from someone else, this has more limitations than it sounds limitations: For example, you cannot rent out your storage capacity or bandwidth, or your company will lose access to those resources when you turn them off. Secondly, if the applications are entirely written by someone else, companies have minimal chances of customizing the server and its commands as per the company’s needs and most of the time they end up settling with the limitations that jeopardize their growth. Therefore, our technicians at DS Total, for example, offer Public, Private and Hybrid cloud data centers to ensure maximum coverage. Cloud Data centers are also a better option in the event of data migration which can prove to be a hazardous task in traditional data centers.

The Benefits of a Cloud Data Center

Traditional data centers are mainly considered outdated solutions for modern and future businesses due to the countless features of modern-day cloud centers. There are many other benefits to using a cloud data center to store your software:


The primary advantage of using Cloud Data Centers over traditional ones is speed. In traditional computing, every time something changes, companies have to configure everything from scratch. While in most cloud computing solutions, they have the liberty to simply load it up into a virtual machine, allocate some storage space and go about their business. However, it is not the same for every cloud solution out there. Most applications do not perform well in the cloud which can not only slow down the growth but also severely demotivate individuals. But with the right partners who have the industry knowledge and customizable solutions like DS Total Solutions, speed will never be an issue.


Another advantage of using Cloud Data Centers over traditional ones is flexibility: if one provider stops offering something without explaining why or without offering any alternatives – simply turning those servers off would stop them from being an obstacle in the routine running of the system. With traditional networks, it is much more complicated.


With Cloud solutions, you can run your software without a single worry as all security is handled by your provider. In other words, if you want to deploy your software on another customer’s server, you don’t need to build up your infrastructure – all of your software will be stored on their server, which is far easier for them than dealing with duplicated infrastructure. However, Data Centers have become a standard component of many organizations in the last decade, creating an opportunity for cybercriminals to infiltrate and exploit these data centers and steal information from sensitive files stored there. At DS Total Solutions, we make sure that this doesn’t happen. We offer multiple robust software solutions to ensure the maximum security of your cloud. The main characteristics of a secure cloud data center are:

  1. It is not physically located in its building but outside it, usually in a facility owned by another company.
  2. The data centers are typically not wired together or connected so that they can be monitored with standard security equipment.
  3. They often use electronic communication between themselves, including wireless communication and over-the-top (OTT) network protocols such as HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol, i.e., web).
  4. They typically have no physical security except for perimeter fencing designed to restrict access by outsiders to the area around them.
  5. They are typically operated by highly trained third-party IT companies that provide services to other companies within a particular industry or industry segment such as finance or health care.


Cloud Computing involves storing information or software on one or more servers in the cloud, rather than on dedicated physical servers allowing companies to benefit from the flexibility and cost savings offered by cloud computing. A company can run several servers in the same cloud data center or even virtualize the servers themselves. If you have multiple customers using the same service, then having more than one location where all these customers can access it would be expensive as well as impractical. Instead of having two locations with multiple customers sharing a single network connection, you can point all of them at the same location with each system having its dedicated connection.


With most of the cloud-based servers by our partners, there is no complexity or redundancy in terms of hardware installation, operation or management. With industry-leading cloud services like Juniper, everything runs automatically through an automated service provided by an independent provider called ‘the cloud’ which takes care of all the processes.

The Drawbacks of a Cloud Data Center

Companies have to operate in the cloud and if they want to make sure that their data stays safe and sound, they need a reliable and secure cloud data center. It is important to note that there are several different types of cloud data centers, such as colocation, cloud hosting and virtual data centers.

The price of renting a dedicated Data Center can vary widely depending on the location, the type of computing capacity required and other factors. For instance, a colocation Data Center is typically cheaper than an off-site Data Center. However, software-as-a-service Data Centers such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services can be more expensive than an on-site Data Center as it requires more system configuration and maintenance. A Virtual Data Center is often cheaper than off-site or colocation because there are no physical infrastructure costs associated with running it. However, it needs enough computing capacity to host all your applications.

Cloud data centers are generally located in the United States although they can be found in select European countries like Germany. Despite being classified as a “Data Center” by the US Department of Energy (DOE), these facilities do not meet DOE regulations for classified information storage facilities (e.g., classified computer systems) because they contain both public and private computer systems (e.g., company computers).

The DOE does not regulate or inspect these facilities for security purposes but rather for the purposes of determining whether facilities meet one or more DOE requirements for classified material storage: such as maintaining secure physical protection from unauthorized access; safeguarding protected information from unauthorized disclosure; redesigning information systems so that they are protected against attacks by unauthorized persons; ensuring adequate safeguards against accidental or intentional damage by unauthorized persons; protecting sensitive locations against accidental or intentional damage by unauthorized persons; approving modifications to protected information so that it can be retrieved again at any time if needed; implementing security measures that would prevent unauthorized changes in protected information stored at those locations during times when no authorized person has access to them; preventing unauthorized modification of protected information stored at those locations if authorized persons have access to them while they are being used; providing protection against accidental damage caused by unauthorized modification of protected information stored at those facilities…etc…

Some examples include:

  • Maintaining an independent physical facility where all its critical components must remain in place at all times
  • Providing adequate signals indicating precisely how many people or machines are present there
  • Protecting critical systems from external threats with active

Does my Company need a Cloud Data Center?

A cloud data center is a storage area for data that is hosted by a cloud service provider. Building and using a cloud environment may sound scary, as there are some horror stories out there where people tried to build a cloud system without expert consultation or compromised on security. This is why DS Total Solutions offer an industry expert insight, consultation and vendor management service to help you in setting up your cloud servers and choosing an environment that will nurture the growth of your company.

One may still wonder how to use a managed cloud-based data center as part of an overall strategy to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Let’s discuss different ways that companies can use their “cloud” data centers to gain competitive advantages over traditional data centers in terms of cost, time and security. There are usually some key factors (time, cost and security), aforementioned in this article, that should be considered before moving toward cloud-based data centers:

  1. Understanding your role as a business owner – What are you doing with your customers? Why do you need to store their information? What benefits do you derive from your hosting arrangement? How will you account for this infrastructure?
  2. Understanding your role as a client – Who is using your services? When are they using them? How will they make use of it? What value does it add to them if they are not currently storing their information in the cloud (or if it’s not stored there)? How does this affect you as a customer/client?
  3. Understanding your role as a vendor/provider – Who pays for these services? How much does it cost you to provide this service (including hosting)? Is there additional value for you if users don’t pay for these services (e.g., if free services are provided)? Who else provides these services (including free ones)? What benefits do they offer over paid services or proprietary hosted solutions from other vendors?
  4. Understanding the kinds of challenges – For what kinds of applications do users need to store their information in the public cloud (e.g., email, legal documents, video streaming, etc.)? Which application types are most frequently used by users who store their information in public clouds (e.g., software programs and internet browsers)? Will different types of applications use different types of storage locations and storage mechanisms (e.g., webpages vs emails vs files vs videos), so that some applications may be less suitable for certain types of storage locations/mechanisms than others? Which application types should be used with which kind
  5. The scalability of a cloud data center – Some data centers are built to handle huge amounts of data, while others are optimized for smaller workloads. A data center is a complex machine that processes data, sorts it and stores it. It is a facility that hosts the applications, which are hosted in the cloud and on a virtual machine (VM). It’s a more manageable structure because the workloads can be hosted anywhere, including in the company’s own physical data center. When all factors are considered, this is much cheaper than a traditional Data Center.

The Future of Data Centers

In today’s world, every business company running on a notable scale operates via data centers, either in-house or by renting them out to other companies. Data centers are designed as an economic solution with more capacity. It is less expensive than traditional data centers that rely solely on power and cooling and has many features and fear-controlling customizable options. The real advantage of cloud-based data centers is not the competitive cost but instead the ability to scale up or scale down with changing needs of the organization. However, a good Cloud-based data center, just like traditional data centers, requires a significant investment to be put into it. There are some operational and operational management costs of Cloud Data Centers which include:

  • Power, cooling and refrigeration
  • Maintenance costs
  • Operational expenses (e.g., user training)
  • Utilities and maintenance fees

While these costs are comparatively lower than managing a traditional system on a bigger scale, we understand how crucial it is for our clients to get a notable return on their hard-earned money. At DS Total Solutions, we ensure that our customers get better service for lesser money than traditional data centers. While Cloud Computing seems a relatively recent technology that many traditional businesses are yet to adopt, experts predict it to become mainstream in all sectors in the future. Therefore, businesses that intend to thrive on a larger scale in the future need to consider cloud computing for their processes. If you still can’t make up your mind contact us and our consultants will offer a step-by-step guide to help you choose the right option for your company.

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