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

Most co-location centres rely on the use of locked cages to separate the IT equipment of each client. 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? By unlocking the cage it provides access to the entire suite. If a problem arises – either 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 really not practical, especially for large data centres: key management is time consuming and the risk of loss is high. The three-code combination lock isn’t really a viable alternative – it can be too tempting to use the same or similar codes across the board, which defeats the object and in itself creates a security risk.

2bm however have a solution that provides greater security in the form of network-enabled mechatronic locking products and solutions which provide access control for data center 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 are able to provide sufficient ventilation for the equipment to continue to operate without the need for additional fans or air conditioning while still maintaining 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.