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Top Security Features for Colocation Data Centers in New York City

Posted by QuoteColo on April 11, 2014

top security features for colocation data centers in new york city

Much to the opposite of the common wisdom, New York City isn’t that scary of a place. Now, when it comes to finding the most secure colocation data center in New York City, much like the physical security of the city, there are a few things you need to be on the lookout for. In this quick article, we are going to cover the top security features for colocation data centers in New York City and why security is more than just physical.

Basic New York City Data Center Security

It doesn’t matter where you go or where you live, there are some aspects of physical data center security every colocation facility should have. If you are living in New York City or Los Angeles, you’re data center must have the following security features:

  • 24/7/365 onsite security professionals
  • 24/7/365 onsite camera security
  • 24/7/365 digital records of everyone who accesses your data center
  • Finger print or eye scanning technology for client access
  • Perimeter gates baring outside access to the onsite facility
  • Key card locks

Regardless of where you live, New York City or Topeka, the aforementioned basic physical security systems must be in place at your colocation data center facility of choice.

But, that said, data center security in New York City is more than just 24/7/365 onsite guards and camera footage. With the growing threat of hurricanes and storms, New York City colocation data center security is as much about physical barriers than onsite guards.

New York City Data Center Security Is About the Weather

The aforementioned are needed however, as seen by Hurricane Sandy a few years ago, New York City data center security is as much about storm proofing as it is about physical security cameras and log books of visitors.

First things first, due to rising water levels and the ease of flooding, any data center located in lower Manhattan is in a troubled location. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall on lower Manhattan a few years back, major data centers in the area flooded killing the overall productivity and working status of major websites (Buzzfeed was famously one of them).

Due to the threat of rising water levels, a major data center security concern for New York City web hosting and colocation clients is a data center outside of a flood zone along with a data center facility who maintains a comprehensive downtime plan.

Make no mistake about it, willingly investing in New York City web hosting services held in a data center in lower Manhattan is a disaster waiting to happen. We wouldn’t recommend it.

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