Physical Security Considerations for Top-Tier Data Center Colocation Facilities

Many businesses can’t provide the same level of security as experienced data center colocation providers. They just don’t have the necessary resources. Therefore, many businesses opt to use a top-tier data center colocation facility to house their mission-critical infrastructure.

The following list highlights the physical security considerations for colocation solutions:

  • Layered Security Zones – To limit access within a data center colocation facility, systems and processes are deployed to allow only authorized personnel in certain areas of the data center. Examples include keycard access, alarm systems, mantraps, secure doors and staffed checkpoints.
  • Physical Barriers – Data center colocation providers often install physical barriers, fencing and reinforced walls to protect their facilities.
  • Monitoring Systems – Advanced surveillance technology offers additional access control by monitoring and recording activity at entrances, exits and equipment areas. Because these sophisticated systems are costly, many businesses can’t afford to install them in their own data centers. So, they either use less effective solutions or they migrate to a data center colocation facility with high-end monitoring systems already in place.

In addition to assisting with access control, monitoring systems detect fire and water emergencies. Using advanced technologies, these systems provide early detection before significant damage results.

Top-tier providers are constantly evaluating their data center facilities for vulnerabilities. Because technology becomes outdated quickly, providers must remain diligent in protecting their facilities and their clients’ valuable IT assets.

FairPoint’s data centers provide organizations with network connectivity and rack space in physically secure, reliable locations. Businesses can use this space as primary or secondary data center sites. In addition, data center colocation space can also be employed as an essential part of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. FairPoint’s data centers are strictly controlled environments with essential power, cooling, connectivity and security features – including continuous video monitoring and keycard access at ingress points.

For data center colocation services that address your remote storage, off-site IT and disaster recovery requirements, call FairPoint Data Center Services (1.866.984.4001) or visit

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