Risking I.T.

It seems that not a day goes by without the newspapers reporting on another natural disaster, terrorist threat or serious security breech. The truth is that there are many more threats for today’s IT managers to concern themselves with than there were a decade or two ago.

All over Scotland and North of England there has been unprecedented flooding, hundreds and hundreds have been forced to leave their homes and it is likely that many businesses have been affected too. Water can cause extreme damage to buildings – easily seeping under doors and through small fissures in brickwork. Any I.T. equipment within a brick build data centre is likely to have been affected by serious moisture damage if not water logging. Other materials such as plasterboard will simply retain moisture causing havoc with the rooms environment.

Fire is yet another threat, not only a threat that can be ignited within the data centre due to poor cabling or overheating of unmaintained equipment but also external fires that quickly rip through buildings, clearing them of their entire contents. If the fire itself doesn’t get to the DC contents, it could be smoke and gasses that weave their way into the computer environment causing unseen damage.

The atrocities of terrorism are also a real and present danger with public areas a focus of suicide bombings and shootings. How long before terrorists are targeting large organisations’ data and I.T. infrastructure? Attempts to bring down organisations that keep our day to day services going are a real concern where I.T. is not held in a safe and secure room that is protected from forced entry and bomb blasts.

Thankfully, the commercial importance of I.T. to any organisation has meant that the safety of I.T. infrastructure has always been a serious consideration. It is for this reason that most organisations build secure rooms for their infrastructure with a good level of access control. However, times have changed and it is becoming increasingly important for I.T. Managers to re-evaluate the protection that they have in these structures as time goes on.

Modular data centres are built using panels that offer the highest possible protection against all of the threats we have mentioned. Certified LPS 1175 SR1-5 security rating and thermally tested to protect from fire, humidity and the threat of vandalism. Panels are non-porous to prevent moisture forming and spreading within the panels. In addition, the unique locking system of panels creates an air tight environment that is resistant to flooding.

The best part is that these modular panels can generally be retrofitted within an existing room with no damage to the building. The modular panels provide a room within a room that is easy to construct with minimal time and effort, bringing your data centre up to today’s protection standards without disruption or the need for new builds.

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BBH Awards 2015

BBH magazine – an interesting read as always. This month they talk about their awards ceremony and the winners. We were particularly pleased to be recognised and considered for our efforts and as the only IT specific company to place an entry in our category we are delighted to have been mentioned.