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Choosing the right hardware can help secure your data center. Here’s how

Data centers are vaults containing hundreds to thousands of physical and virtual servers and therefore need to be guarded against threats that could compromise the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of the physical assets as well as intellectual property.

There are many ways to secure your data. And we’re going to look at hardware accessories that can help you secure the servers that safeguard data.

Enclosed Server Racks

Lockable enclosed server racks are a great way to prevent equipment from being tampered with. They usually only have front/back openings and therefore serve as a second level of protection compared to open frame racks and come in varying sizes to suit your server needs.

Enclosed racks are more expensive than open racks, but you are paying the price for improved security. Also, enclosed racks create more opportunities to manage airflow, so that’s an added advantage.

Lockable Storage

Sometimes materials like testing equipment get stashed loosely around a server room. Now while most of these may not be valuable, there may be activation keys and boot drives that are.

Lockable drawers and boxes provide a secure enclosure to store equipment that you need for your server racks, such as USB drives, hardware, manuals, patch cables, and more. Lockable drawers and boxes can be used with both 2-post and 4-post racks. It serves to maximize usable rack space and keep your workspace organized and clutter-free while safeguarding equipment.

Storage Drawers

Lockable rackmount storage drawers are designed to fit keyboards, mouses, and laptops due to extra depth and compartments. These lock securely, come with their own keys, and serve to help prevent tampering or theft. When not in use, they can be conveniently slid into racks.

What Hardy Racks offers

Hardy Racks’ Secure Data Center is a ‘plug-and-play’ prefabricated modular (PFM) data center built-in with pre-tested and pre-installed systems required for easy and quick installation of equipment and deployment of a data center. It includes a biometric access control system and offers a strong rack-level access control system for security along with a fire suppression system for fire safety. And due to its ‘plug-and-play’ functionality, it offers immense scalability and ease of use.

Now, besides the right hardware, here are two other ways to ensure your data is secure:

  1. Separate sites: It is better to store primary and backup data on different sites to minimize downtime or data loss when one of them is compromised.

  2. Response procedures: Consider how fast your disaster or threat recovery systems are. You need to audit the security measures in place and response or reaction times.

Are your servers safe? Hardy Racks is a trusted name in the manufacturing of data center hardware accessories and our expert personnel can support you with comprehensive and innovative solutions for your hardware needs. Give us a call today.

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