Data centers have experience dealing with a wide scope of security policies and practices and have specific operating procedures for the management of the facility. Some of the security basics include:
1. Climate Control – a data center’s performance depends on the right environmental climate. The premium data centers have a continuous circulation of cool, perfectly conditioned air to provide the ideal environment for servers, routers and other equipment.
2. Fire Detection and Suppression – confirm that preventative measures are the first line of defense against fires. Air quality should be monitored by devices installed above and below the floor.
3. Power Backup – electrical power is fed to a data center’s Uninterrupted Power System. This provides clean power to all equipment in the rare event of a power failure. For extended power outages, data centers can run on power generators for additional backup.
4. Network Bandwidth – look for high speed Internet connectivity over a world-class TCP/IP network.