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How secure is your rack?

By Jason Preston

Data centre / center security is a big issue: especially for co-location centres hosting multiple racks for multiple, often competing, clients. Yet whilst security to access the data centre can often be impressive, individual rack level security is often sadly limited. Given the number of in-house staff and external engineers, from cable engineers to storage and server providers, passing through a data centre on a near daily basis, poor rack level security creates unnecessary risk.

Security is about far more than putting cages into the data centre. Organizations need a robust process that combines network accessed rack level security with change controls to create a complete, rack level access audit.

Without real-time, rack level access control, organizations cannot deliver the level of data centre protection increasingly demanded by governments and banks to prevent unauthorised access and criminal activity.

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