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No matter what size the IT facility, physical access must be managed and controlled by means of a server room access policy. The IT server equipment within a server room or datacentre is not only expensive but the data processed and stored must be protected always from theft and damage. Supporting systems including HVAC and UPS systems and standby power generators must also be protected for overall resilience.
Datacentres have dedicated spaces including areas designated white-spaces for the IT equipment and grey-spaces for power and HVAC plant systems. Access to these parts of the datacentre is controlled and managed. In contrast, many smaller server rooms provide a dual function housing IT server racks and potentially a store for archives and general storage. Server Room Environments provides a range of server room access systems for critical IT facilities including:
Surveillance is an important part of an access and server room security system and should not be underestimated. CCTV cameras can be fixed cable, IP-based or WiFi wireless and the use of smaller web-cams can also increase surveillance and monitoring capabilities.
The construction of the server room or datacentre can also add to the overall design and security. The design should include architectural and construction features that discourage, prevent and defeat any attempts at intrusion and break-in. Single break-in points must be avoided and any entry points protected with a correctly specified and installed access system.