A colocation facility can house numerous companies' servers, data storage systems and network equipment and offer the companies more bandwidth at less cost than if they were to run their own IT department and in addition the host can carry out maintenance as well so the companies don't have to do so themselves. Through utilising safe and secure colocation service facilities, companies can concentrate on running the core aspects of a business as opposed to the IT aspect of it. There are various means by which a co-location host can keep a datacentre safe, a few of which are discussed below.
There should be sufficient fire protection within a colocation server datacentre. Fire protection measures can include sprinkler systems, smoke detectors and using inert gases that do not damage computers for fire suppression. There may also be physical fire-proof walls built within the colo datacentre in order to stop fires spreading.
The colocation service will need to ensure that its datacentre is secure. For example in order to get into the datacentre visitors may have to be accompanied by a guard or need a PIN code or card, there may be motion sensors and CCTV within the facility and in addition patrolling guards may be utilised. Companies may have their own locked facilities for their equipment within the datacentre that requires a key to get into them. The colocation service may also employ iris scans, fingerprint recognition and voice recognition as part of its security.
To ensure equipment functioning is not disrupted in the event of a power failure, the co-location provider should utilise an uninterruptible power supply. There should also be onsite generators that can take over if the power fails. Diesel should also be stored on the datacentre premises to keep the generators running. The generators should be installed in many sets in order to provide greater redundancy.
To protect servers from electricity spikes that may occur due to lightning, a colo provider should install a lightning protection system. Before reaching the servers, the colo host should route the power through the lightning protection system, generator changeover panel and uninterruptible power supply.
The equipment within a co-location datacentre requires a great deal of cooling as it generates a lot of heat. The colo datacentre should have a good redundant air-conditioning system installed in order to keep the equipment cool.
In terms of connections, a co-location provider should have multiple redundant fibre optic cable bundles entering their datacentre from many different points. Therefore if one cable bundle is damaged then communications will not be affected. The co-location provider may also use wireless or satellite connections.
Sensors for detecting water may be installed in a colocation service datacentre so that staff are made aware if a leak occurs.
The above are some of the key features that help to make a colocation service datacentre safe and secure so enquire whether the colo providers you are interested in have implemented such measures before settling on one.
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