Our Data Center Security: What You Need to Know

May 1st, 2018
Andrew Bunyi
Andrew BunyiCloud CIO

The role of the physical data center – both in terms of what it can do and what we require of it – has changed dramatically over the last few years alone. The Internet of Things is expanding rapidly and so is the “edge” along with it, increasing the need to bring top-notch service to “tier two” cities on a daily basis. One study estimates that by as soon as 2020, at least one-third of all data will pass through the cloud at some point during its journey. Right now, there are over 7,500 data centers all over the world, and construction on new ones is expected to grow at least 21% by the end of the year.

But at the same time… how many of them are actually good?

Anyone with any appreciable experience can tell you that while the definition of a data center from an application perspective is incredibly precise, the actual physical form that they often take can vary wildly depending on what you’re talking about. On the one hand, you’ve got a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility located right in the heart of a major urban center. On the other hand, you’ve got the average “traditional” corporate data center (read: a variety of equipment jammed into what used to be a utility closet).

Both are parts of the same larger story, but both are very, very different in terms of functionality, flexibility… and security.

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The State of Data Center Security

To say that data center security – both physical and virtual – is important is something of an understatement. One study conducted by the Ponemon Institute recently revealed that data center downtime can cost organizations roughly $5,600 per minute, or $336,000 per hour. Based on that, it should come as no surprise that a full 93% of all enterprises that suffered from prolonged data center downtime (meaning for more than ten days) filed for bankruptcy within just a year of the outage.

But again, data center security involves a lot more than just putting a plan in place to ward off that next big cyber attack. The Ponemon Study also revealed the three major causes of unplanned data center outages. Each one will likely surprise you:

  • 29% of all data center outages were attributed to UPS system failure.
  • A shocking 24% of all outages were due to accidents or other instances of human error.
  • Even a full 15% of outages were due to water getting into the computer room or temperatures rising to unacceptable levels due to an air conditioner failure.

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Our Data Center: Breaking It Down

Nerdio Private Cloud is supported by a best-in-class data center environment includes a wide range of important features, like:

  • A full staff that is always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to watch over both the environment itself and the equipment contained within. If a problem arises, someone will be there to fix it. If an issue crops up, someone will be there to solve it – all as fast as humanly possible.
  • State-of-the-art physical security, complete with highly restricted entry (even for personnel) and multiple security measures to cut down on the possibility of things like human error. We use hand print ID sensors to maintain access, as well as other techniques.
  • You can be confident that all data is protected because each of our facilities are cooled, fire-safe environments spread out in various locations across the country. Simply put, they’re built from the ground up to guarantee that disruptive events just don’t happen.
  • We also offer an almost unprecedented level of hardware redundancy and uptime. Every piece of hardware used in one of our data centers – from servers to storage devices to routers, firewalls and more – is fully redundant. End of story. If some piece of equipment fails, you won’t even know about it because all of our systems automatically transfer to another functional device. This is not only how we take steps to reduce the possibility of disruption by way of things like natural disasters or user error, but how we also guarantee 100% uptime – no exceptions.

All of this and you get to house your data in an SOC 2 Type 2 audited Tier III data center, protected by dedicated next-generation firewalls and encryption. All of these techniques blend together to create something of a perfect storm where an organization’s infrastructure is safe and sound, regardless of device or location, at all times.

In the end, all of this serves to underline both how our data center is more secure than other options and WHY it’s so essential that we’ve gone out of our way to make it so – for both of our sakes, anything less just won’t do.