Multinational enterprises are increasingly opting for third-party data centers to locate their critical hardware and software. By this measure, they want to reap the benefits of higher physical- and procedural-security measures provided by such vendors.
Generally, security procedures comprise of physical access to servers as well as associated hardware. This access can be both local and remote to ensure that data and applications are getting stored on the hardware. In the end, the data is protected from power outages, fire, flood and other environmental disasters. As and when time lapses, the concomitant risk factors responsible for security threats change significantly.
Colocation hosting facilities and changing security risks
According to industry experts, customers must monitor the security measures at colocation centres in the following manner.
Power: Data centers are synonymous with power fluctuations and outages. That is why the SLAs backing colocation services include a clause that specifies how a facility can provide backup power supplies. As a result, two or more alternative power sources has become an industry standard. This is to ensure that client’s data stays protected from power related problems. Additionally power-conditioning equipment ensures a steady voltage and frequency to customer data at all times.
Temperature Control: Commercial air-conditioning systems are not sufficient for the maintenance of appropriate operating temperatures generated by rack density and processor heat. Sophisticated cooling system facilities promote efficient airflow across all racks. Mostly air-powered and liquid driven cooling systems are used because they render point-specific cooling from a rack’s top to the bottom as well as supply very high levels of cooling across all hot areas.
Building Access: First-generation security measures like keys and magnetic strip access-control cards are not sufficient to monitor and control physical access of colocation building facility. Rather keyless access-control systems, numeric code unlock systems and biometric-access systems are best to verify authorized personnel. Some high-end facilities are also turning to surgical insertion of RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips under their skin.
Attack Prevention: Physical barriers such as thick walls reinforced with bullet-resistant material ( Kevlar ) prevent penetration by snipers. Gated entries and fences topped with barbed or razor wire are generally installed in colocation facilities to ward off physical assaults/attacks. Other prevention measures include less number of doors and windows for minimal entry points.
Fire Control: Water, flame and smoke damage jeopardise the security of a colocation-facility. That is why advanced smoke- and fire-detection devices and control systems are installed here. Such fire extinguishing systems can detect individual particles of smoke and tiny quantities of combustion gases. Besides, tobacco smoking is banned within a colocation facility.
Network Access Control: Remote intrusion is ensured with the help of firewalls and 24/7 intrusion-detection systems backed by alarms. Moreover, cross-connects are forbidden.
Therefore, with a colocation hosting service facility powered by these advanced security and protection measures, your company can leverage a higher level of physical and procedural security.