A datacenter is a categorized location for computing and networking tasks. Here, large amounts of data are stored, distributed, processed and deployed. In order to do these tasks efficiently, a datacenter should be managed by expert staff. They are responsible for determining the workload that a datacenter has to accommodate for, and find the necessary means to ensure that the center keeps up with the demand.
Some companies are large enough to have their own datacenters that house all the applications that their particular organization needs. This is where all data is stored, and the origin of all software and applications used by the company. Some companies might not have the budget to run their own datacenters. These companies require the assistance of third party companies that offer data center services.
Whether your company has an in-house datacenter, or you are using a third party company, the biggest concern you should have is data center security. Here is a basic data center security guide which should help you keep your datacenter safe and secure.
Physical security means keeping the hardware components of your datacenter safe. Recently, the Data Center Journal released a guide to physical security for data centers which focused on asset management and tagging. This involves the use of an asset tracking device that tags all physical components in your inventory.
For smaller businesses with budget constraints, you can use a combination of RFID tags and handheld scanners to keep track of your datacenter hardware. If your company has the budget for it, you can use a system that tracks all tagged assets on a central station. Using the command station you can observe and keep track of all physical assets inside the datacenter.
This asset management system will also keep track of your hardware’s performance, so you can see in real-time when one rack is not functioning properly or is overheating. Because you have access to the status and condition of all your assets in the command center, it’s easy to find potential problems and isolate problem areas.
Even if your company has the capacity to house your own datacenter, it’s still a good idea to contract a third party to deliver backup services. An off-site data center can act as a backup datacenter in case something happens to your in-house center. When choosing a third party contractor, make sure that their security measures are also top notch.
If you don’t have an in-house datacenter, and you have a third party company offering this service, make sure they also have backup options in case something happens on their end. Since companies largely depend on data centers for their everyday workloads, down times would mean delays in productivity and lost work hours. Make sure your company of choice has backup servers and other contingency measures. A provider that has multiple locations is your best bet.
SAS 70 Type II Approved
SAS 70 audits all data facilities to monitor their reliance and security. If a provider has passed the SAS 70 Type II Compliance, it means their security measures are adequate enough.
For more guides and tips on finding secure data facilities, or on how to strengthen your company’s in-house datacenter, visit http://www.datacenterjournal.com/.