Using Data Center Colocation Services to Address Security Requirements

With the constant barrage of physical security threats facing a company’s IT operations, data center colocation services provide a welcome solution. Although cyber-attacks have garnered a significant amount of press in recent years, companies face many other, less publicized, risks.

A disgruntled employee may decide to sabotage your operation. A thief could break into your facility and steal your valuable IT assets.

Mitigating the risk from these security threats requires a costly investment. Because many businesses don’t have the budget available to implement a successful physical security model, they rely on data center colocation services. A top-tier service provider will offer a highly secure facility without a huge price tag.

A successful security solution for data center colocation services would include the following:

  1. Access Controls – To prevent unauthorized access, service providers install a variety of access controls, including keycard entries and other safeguards. Another access control is a physical barrier. A data center colocation provider can construction reinforced walls, fences and other barriers to prevent facility access.
  2. Layered Security Zones — Layered security means each area of the data center requires additional access authorization. These zones can include facility entrances, data center floors, customer cages and more.
  3. Monitoring Systems – Another measure to prevent unauthorized access, sophisticated surveillance systems provide around-the-clock monitoring, alerting and recording of activity.

A qualified data center provider not only aids in protecting valuable assets and business operations, but the physical security features may also help address certain aspects of regulatory or business compliance requirements.

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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