The Problem

Data centre security can be a big issue – especially for co-location centres hosting multiple racks for multiple, and at times, competing, clients. Whilst security to access the data centre can often be impressive, individual rack-level security is usually limited, especially considering the number of in-house staff and external engineers who pass through a data centre daily.

Most co-location centres use locked cages to separate each client’s IT equipment. But question marks remain around how safe and robust this is. For example, what happens when an engineer requires access to a server or rack? Unlocking the cage provides access to the entire suite. If a problem arises – malicious or a mistaken cable disconnection – how can the data centre manager determine what, when and by whom?

It is clearly important to have rack-level security. At best, racks are secured only with a standard handle using a manual key. These locks provide minimal protection, and standard keys are impractical, especially for large data centres: key management is time-consuming, and the risk of loss is high. The three-code combination lock isn’t a viable alternative – it can be too tempting to use the same or similar codes across the board, defeating the object and creating a security risk.

The Solution

2bm has a solution that provides greater security through network-enabled mechatronic locking products and solutions that provide access control for data centre racks and cabinets and can be opened directly, remotely or via HID proximity code access.

Secure racks offer unprecedented security to servers and all rack-mounted IT equipment. Some racks can provide sufficient ventilation for the equipment to continue to operate without the need for additional fans or air conditioning while maintaining an appropriate security level.

2bm can visit your site to assess and suggest a relevant solution and to help give you a detailed understanding of security challenges associated with data storage and processing.