Last updated on November 8th, 2023 at 07:31 pm
Deciding how and where to store your company’s data can be hard. Many tech companies, government contractors, manufacturers, and healthcare organizations deal with a lot of sensitive information. If you choose the wrong storage option, you may end up dealing with more frequent data breaches or access problems.
The IT trend over recent years has shifted towards a “cloud first” strategy. However, there are still many situations where it makes more sense to use other data storage options, like data centers.
What is Data Center Security?
Data center security is the set of physical and digital security measures that keep your critical data safe from threats while it’s housed in a data center. A data center is a physical facility built with specific requirements to enhance reliability and security of networking, computing, and storage resources.
Most data centers have a wide range of security measures, like the following:
- Security guards
- Photo badge access
- Cybersecurity measures
In addition, most data centers have a wide range of physical systems to protect the environment, like the following:
- Redundant generators
- Redundant UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supplies)
- Multiple HVAC systems
- Environmental hardening to protect from tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.
What is Cloud Security?
Cloud security is the set of practices that keep your data secure on a cloud computing provider’s distributed network. If your company uses cloud-based tools and services to work with any important data, you need a cloud security plan.
At Simple Helix, our deployment team works with clients to create a cloud backup solution that meets your security requirements. We also partner with Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs) to help customers get more in-depth cybersecurity solutions.
Cloud vs. Data Center Security
Your organization may be at higher risk of large-scale cyber attacks when you keep your data in a cloud environment. While some cloud service providers have plenty of security measures and can handle high-performance workloads, some cannot. Moreover, most cloud service providers will not share their backup, restore, or other business plans to protect your data.
Also, not every application is “cloud ready”. Legacy applications may not support “the cloud” and depend on data centers to remain running.
Ideally, you should talk to a cloud and data center services provider that offers both options to find out if their cloud service or data center is secure enough for your data.
At Simple Helix, we use a variety of practices and technologies to keep our data center and cloud data secure. Our Tier III equivalent Data Center has surveillance and monitoring to keep unwanted visitors out. We partner with Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs) to help keep clients’ cloud data secure.
With our data center services, your data is stored in our disaster-protected pods. The facility with the pods is monitored 24/7 with:
- Armed security guards
- Photo badge access
- Fob access tracking
- CCTV footage with a 90-day backup
- A K4 rated security fence
We can further enhance your cybersecurity with our Network Operations Center (NOC) and Security Operations Center (SOC) services. Our engineering staff will be alerted if threats or other issues arise and resolve them quickly.
Our data center is also designed to a 2N + 1 standard, meaning we can perform routine or scheduled maintenance on one system while two others are up and running without disruptions. We are designed to a tier IV standard for redundancy.
If you need help keeping your data secure, call Simple Helix. We offer both data center and cloud solutions that prioritize your security.