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Data Centre Security: Keeping your Information Safe

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While devices and hardware are getting smaller, smarter and speedier, the amount of data we need to power the way we work seems to be growing by the day.

All this information has put strains on how data is held, and this has given rise to data centres – dedicated spaces accommodating super-scale servers with vast processing and storage capabilities.

They are needed by all kinds of organisations, from financial institutions to retailers, from government agencies to telecommunications companies and online giants such as Facebook and Google. Each of these entities relies on fast and reliable access to data so that services function at optimal levels at all times, ensuring user satisfaction and safeguarding revenue.

Below are some of the many advantages data centres hold over the more traditional on-site server option.

Physically robust

Data centres are exceptionally well equipped to deal with incidents which could finish off smaller businesses that rely solely on servers on-site. A data centre will house enormous battery banks and generators to keep power flowing if anything should happen to the mains supply.

If stored in your own office and your premises suffer fire, flood, theft or another disaster, you could end up losing everything.

Increased security

Data centres are very secure when it comes to attacks in both the real and virtual worlds. Typically guarded 24/7, data centres are not easily broken into. Most data centre owners employ smart monitoring features such as Relentless Intrusion Detection, which sounds an alarm should the system come under threat from human attack, bots or network worms.

Full backup

Backups are carried out in the form of disk-to-disk copies, which enables rapid data creation and recovery. Besides full backups done on a daily basis, interim versions are created several times per day and are then archived, like all backups, at a second location for security purposes.

Secure connectivity

Data centres have multiple high bandwidth and geographically diverse fibre connections to the online domain. This means that network provision will physically come from different directions into the centre’s building so that if one line breaks down, another will already be in place to ensure connectivity is not interrupted.

Data centres have the potential to add a new lease of life to businesses, but after the practicalities have been considered, the choice often becomes one of preference and the decision can be tough. Start by consulting an expert who can give forensic insight into the pros and cons of a data centre as it would work for your unique situation and the specifics of your case.

 

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