Why Protect Server Rooms?
The security of server rooms is a hot topic among IT executives because data breaches make headlines in the mainstream media. Yet, protecting IT infrastructure is an important part of a comprehensive information security program. If the temperature exceeds the tolerance threshold of the server equipment, mission critical data could be lost forever. Data protection is part of every data center operator's responsibilities. Not all data are taken offsite on backup tapes due to the sheer volume and rate of change of information. Even if tapes are taken offsite daily, it is likely some current data will be lost if a fire damages or destroys the server room.
Downtime is another issue directly related to fire protection and the security of the server room. If the support systems for the data center are damaged by a fire, the downtime could be hours or days. If the server room is damaged by a fire and data are lost, downtime increases dramatically and the cost of recovering lost data can be astronomical. In some cases, loss of mission critical information results in the company going out of business.
When planning a server room it is important to be proactive in protecting the data center from catastrophic loss. Fire protection is a key element in the design of a server room. Fire suppression systems are almost always part of the server room design, yet they are only effective when the fire starts inside the server room. This leaves the server room vulnerable to fires that start somewhere else in the building and burn into this critical area.
Recent laws such as Sarbanes Oxley impose harsh penalties on CEO's and CFO's who allow the information assets of an organization to be destroyed or lost for any reason. Heavy fines and criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment make it mandatory that corporations address the issue of protecting data centers. Government statistics on this legislation reveal that 93% of all information assets start as digital records and only 30% are ever printed to paper. SEC requirements of treating email as business records imposes an even heavier burden on IT professionals to protect information in all its formats.
FIRELOCK Modular Server Vaulting provides a fireproof, heat insulated, magnetically shielded, Zone Four Seismic Data Protection Chamber that is used by Fortune 500 companies and at the highest levels of the United States Government to protect vital information and hardware assets.
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