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31 May 2017 | Filed under: ICT

Cyberattacks are not the only threat to mission critical data

With cyberattacks having been in the forefront of the news recently, it’s easy to forget the other threats to onsite IT server facilities such as interruption of power supply, cooling system failures, fires and physical threats. Co-location of mission critical data inside a data centre is one way of minimising these risks to business operation. So, what benefits does co-location provide and how does it work?

Co-location provides rented out space in a data centre where customers can install their equipment but with secure power, backup facilities, higher levels of bandwidth and the cooling systems required in order to successfully deploy servers. These secure facilities have staff on hand 24/7 to deal with any problems.

Having seen first-hand the facilities that a large Tier 1 data centre provides for its customers, I am confident that customers using that data centre are unlikely to be suffering business continuity failure due to loss of power or any other power supply issue. This is because the power supply has a regularly tested backup generator as well banks of UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) units in place, fed from two independent power feeds. Fire risk is also minimized, not just because of the fire protection systems in place but because there is a complete ban on storing combustible materials such as cardboard packaging inside the server facility. Physical security is extremely high and the site’s identity appears anonymous when viewed from outside.

Having said that, no location is 100% secure from threat of failure or attack so geographically separate locations with data mirrored should be considered as part of a strategic review. You could of course go a step further and opt for a complete IaaS (infrastructure as a Service) solution.

Securing mission critical data has to be high on the board of any company. If you are considering migration to the cloud, co-location or wish to discuss any other aspect of your IT strategy, please contact Nigel Collins – nigel.collins@auditel.co.uk – 01298 74555

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