The data center pipeline is changing. According to Network Computing, for example, many companies are now skipping landlines in favor of cellular technology as a way to manage and control data center operations. With this kind of technological evolution and flexibility brings increased data center security risks – however, these risks are often addressed using virtualized solutions.
But what about direct access to a data center — does getting physical still matter?
Consider the efforts of Yahoo, which recently announced it would be encrypting all traffic flow between data centers. The idea is to protect data in its most vulnerable state — while moving — and the company hopes others will follow suit. This is especially critical in colocated data centers, where traffic not only flows into and out of cabinets but may also move between them.
As noted by a recent ZDnet article, most colocated data centers have solid data center security measures in place. This includes security personnel, locked doors, keycard access, man traps, and in some cases biometric controls such as fingerprint or retina scanners — so it's tempting to see physical data center operations as relatively secure. There are physical challenges, however, that we know aren't always on the radar. How does your data center handle these three critical issues?
Data center security is a challenge as cabinets become more powerful, user permissions increase, and virtual environments become more complex. Protecting your data requires a solid virtual security policy, such as Yahoo's all-encryption plan, but must also speak to physical threats that lie outside the known and familiar. The ideal provider tackles the challenges head-on to help ensure total data security in storage, use or transit— what's worth protecting in the cloud is worth protecting on the ground.