Step 7: Security

Here's Step 7 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

The final piece of the puzzle is designing security for the server room. At a minimum, you must control and log access to the room via security cards, biometrics or other auditable methods. Avoid punch codes because they can be shared. Consider using security cameras within the server room, using your design template as a guide to determine their placement.

Fire suppression systems will vary depending on local ordinances, and their design and placement may affect your final server room design as well.

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HOW TO DESIGN A SERVER ROOM

  Home: Introduction
  Step 1: Determine size requirements
  Step 2: Reserve a location
  Step 3: Power Requirements
  Step 4: Environmental concerns
  Step 5: Rack solutions and cable management
  Step 6: Flooring: choice of materials matter
  Step 7: Security
  Step 8: Finalize the layout

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
Bernie Klinder, MVP, consultant
Bernie Klinder is a technology consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder and former editor of LabMice.net, a comprehensive resource index for IT professionals who support Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 and BackOffice products. For his contributions to the information technology community, Bernie was selected as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft. Copyright 2004 TechTarget
 

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