Data centre 101

Data centre 101

Summary: Secrecy seems to shroud the data centre arena -- all well and good for security's sake, but not so great when trying to pick a provider. RMIT IT Test Labs' Kire Terzievski pulls back the curtains to find what data centre options exist.

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Company Equinix Macquarie Telecom Unisys Australia Virtual.Offis WebCentral
Phone 02 8337 2000 02 8221 7777 02 9647 7777 02 9776 2300 1800 800 099
Facility specifications
Multiple physical separate connections to public power grid Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Continuous power supply with backup UPS systems Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Generators for continous operation in long term interruption Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Conform to or exceed building structural codes:
(bullet proof glass, fire doors, reinforced walls and so on). Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heat and very early smoke detection alarm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flood sensors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easily removable panels in raised flooring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Separate grounding systems to prevent grounding loops Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Physical security
Rules on badge sharing and piggyback entry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Written statement of work upon sign in Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Entry from lobby to the data centre through mantrap turnstile Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Building access
24x7 physical security Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Limited number of building entrances Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Visitor logging procedures Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Card, biometric, or similar entry locks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Security video monitoring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Equipment
Video surveillance and motion sensors for entrances and equipment cages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locked cages with ceilings and locking cabinets Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Secure rooms available Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Operations
Database of all installed equipment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Performance reporting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spare equipment on site of key network equipment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connectivity
Multiple connections to Tier 1 carriers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aggregate bandwidth sufficient to scale network for service needs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Formalised SLA policies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cabling
Cable runs located under raised flooring and marked Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cables physically protected via tie downs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cabling designed to Cat 6 specifications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cabling on raceways tied down Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Managed services
Vendor can provide servers and network equipment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vendor can manage your equipment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Offsite storage available Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Regular scheduled security audits Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Topics: Security, Big Data, CXO, Hewlett-Packard, Networking

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