Data Centre Protection for Webhosting and Educational Institutes

Security should be one of the key aspects in the development process of a data centre.

Any organisation, whether they are an educational or government institute or a private web hosting company will want their servers to be safe from both virtual and physical attacks at all times. Large, custom build data centers in particular should pay a lot of attention to things like natural disasters, terrorism and intrusion.

Here is just an introduction into three things designers should bear in mind when taking security in the design of a data centre.

Surrounding Environment

No matter whether we’re talking about moving an existing facility to a different location or building a new data centre from scratch, researching the surrounding area should always be one of your top priorities. In most cases, mission critical data centers should be placed far away from busy and crowded offices. The security of a data centre can be compromised by a great many things, including other businesses, busy roads and residential areas.

Natural Disasters

When building a data centre, any history of natural disasters such as flooding, forest fires and earthquakes should be taken into consideration. A large number of west Europe-based hosting providers don’t need to worry about earthquake mitigation measures at all – mostly due to rarely having to deal with earthquakes. In places however, such as the East Coast of the United States or Japan, earthquakes occur with a frightening regularity and present a real threat to any data centre. In recent years, the risk of serious infrastructural damage caused by moderate and heavy earthquakes has only grown higher.

A seismic event brings with itself a lot of negative effects, including unplanned downtime and remediation work, major equipment and infrastructure damage, financial risks and loss of market share. One of the most common workarounds to this problem is to have some semblance of seismic support. In most cases, this usually includes building a certain number of structural steel support frames. These support frames are designed to enhance the static and dynamic loads of critical IT equipment during any seismic activity.

Protection Against Intruders

As a rule, any hosting facility should try to utilize a variety of security and access solutions. Fob keys and card-swipe entry systems are a good start, but the most popular data centres also make use of the more complex systems such as retina scanners and biometric readers. You also have your CCTV systems, which offer the option of recording internal and external footage around the clock. Most of these systems come with the ability of recording thermal images and full 360-degree images.

A locked door policy throughout the building should be a no-brainer. Additionally, any visitors should be screened and only be allowed access with a confirmed appointment. All employees should have their backgrounds checked for criminal records which may bring the security of the data centre into question.

A data centre should do its best to secure its employees, operations and products from any physical and natural threats. Private organisations, such as storage companies and webhosting providers secure their market position by investing heavily in infrastructure protection.

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