Protecting the Inside by Protecting the Outside

Posted by James Ball on Nov 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In this week’s blog post, we take a closer look at the critical elements of physical security in the data center, along with some of the top products used to protect your facility.



Why Physical Security is Paramount in the Data Center            

It seems anytime you talk about an element of the data center – be it power, cabling, temperature, etc. – that topic is labeled as the most important thing to “get right.” But there’s little doubt that if you don’t protect the outside of your data center, you’ve missed a crucial step in protecting the inside. 

Most industry experts agree that a comprehensive approach to physical security – one that involves several layers of protection and a variety of technologies both old and new – is the best way to protect your data center. This includes CCTV, alarms, partitions, cages, locks and other measures to ensure against theft or accidents caused by careless visitors. 

Here’s a look at the top tools used to protect data centers: 

Security Cages
This is one of those elements that is as important in an enterprise data center as it is in a colocation facility. Limiting access to your IT equipment is vital. Welded steel or perforated sheet metal cages not only restrict access to unwanted visitors, they also keep air circulating. Explore our options here.

Solid Partition
Using panels to cover cage walls is a reliable method to protect your equipment in a colocation. Like security cages, these products also ensure proper airflow to your servers.


Nothing beats the old-school approach of CCTV cameras both inside and outside of your data center. Options include wired and wireless depending on your facility and individual needs. Keep an eye on data center floors and points of ingress and egress with some of the top security cameras in the industry.


Electronic Locks
Talk about getting down to the nitty gritty. The right electronic locks will protect your assets all the way down to the individual rack level. Control physical access and boost your overall security with electronic locks from SouthCo and others.


When all else fails, it’s hard to ignore a blaring siren alerting you to a potential intruder. Used in conjunction with CCTV cameras, alarms can literally save the day. Alarms are so sophisticated these days that you can set various thresholds for triggers to alert only key stakeholders as needed.


Learn more about data center physical security options here.  

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