We have developed energy-saving designs in our sustainable and green data centers and are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and 100% climate neutral!
The stock of fossil energy on our planet is running out, the war in Ukraine, gas extraction that has to stop in the Netherlands, the excessive CO2 emissions cause climate change. The European “Fit for 55” package and other measures launched in 2021 are increasingly imposing mandatory regulations to accelerate the energy transition. The data center sector is a frontrunner in sustainable innovation in both energy efficiency within the data centers and the use of sustainable electricity supply and wants to continue to contribute actively.
We email, stream, Googling, gaming, app, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok and Teams and a little off these days. The world is digitizing at a rapid pace, we are increasingly working from home and the cloud and data are the new oil in that economy.
A data processing center (CPD), also known as a data center, is a place where the computer systems of a company or organization are concentrated, such as a telecommunications system or a data storage system, in addition to the energy supply for the installation.
Security in the CPDs is responsible for helping weak points in the infrastructure, both logical and physical, in our Data Processing Center. Security is divided into two points: physical and logical.
Physical security is responsible for preventing tangible problems: floods, fire, errors in the electricity supply, theft…
It is mandatory to have the appropriate extinguishers in case of fire. Have an UPS (Uninterrupted Power System) system. Have security cameras to be able to detect thieves. Have a correct identification system for access. The CPDs must have a raised floor, to avoid flooding and also to allow the passage of electrical and data cables. It must have a good cooling system to prevent our equipment from overheating.
Logical security is in charge of avoiding possible problems and has two main objectives:
Ensuring that the information accessed employs correct and secure procedures. Restrict access to files and programs by users without the corresponding authorization.
To protect our CPD we can find two types of security techniques: active and passive security.
Active Security is in charge of preventing the computer system from being attacked on a daily basis. For this, there are many physical security methods, some examples are:
Using an up-to-date antivirus: Conduct periodic reviews for suspicious software. Employ security software such as firewalls or anti-spy software. Encrypt important data. Use secure countersigns. Have auxiliary users. If a user is blocked due to a virus, another backup can be used.
Passive Security is responsible for reducing damage caused by malware, an accident or a user.
Create hard disk partitions to store files and backups on other equipment. Make full scans of our computers. Check the correct functioning of the antivirus itself. Make a correct management of permissions. Recover lost or given information through previously performed backups.
Usually designed to be extremely secure, they house thousands of servers and data storage banks, processing large amounts of information.
Mounted in a hall protected against unauthorized access, it has a raised floor to allow the passage of electrical and data cables, metal cabinets (racks), where the equipment is mounted and a fully controlled environment.
They have fire extinguishing systems, an intelligent system for early detection of smoke and fire extinguishing with inert gas, so as not to affect the equipment. Access is controlled by electronic cards and/or biometrics, permanent monitoring, access by sluice gate. Precision air conditioning with constant monitoring, keeps the temperature constant, cooling the equipment. Operating environment permanently monitored, in all physical and logical aspects.
The power supply, in addition to the local utility, uses large capacity power generators and uninterruptible power supply (also commonly called UPS or no-breaks) of large size, mounted in adjoining rooms, to keep the equipment on, even in in the event of a failure in supply. CPDs consume up to one hundred times more energy than a typical office.
Virtual Data Processing Center
In addition to traditional data centers, another data processing modality has been used more recently: the virtual data center (DCV).
Derived from cloud computing, it is responsible for integrating all the company’s technology, simulating, in a digital environment, the operation of a set of physical servers.
Within its range of functionalities, the DCV allows the user to control network, software and storage resources, using an additional layer of management. In this way, control policies can be applied to keep the system always interconnected.
In practice, this virtualization makes the system components work, despite being stored in different physical locations, as if they were naturally interconnected.
There are several benefits gained by using the virtual data center over the physical one:
- Scalability – guarantees the company continuous performance, with the ability to adapt the infrastructure as needed;
- Resource Control – DCV, in the same way that it allows resources to increase, also allows resources to be reduced instantly. In addition, the virtual data center allows for greater effectiveness of data security policies, by allowing the application of control rules in a centralized environment;
- Security – The secure connection, via cloud computing – in addition to the proper security mechanisms – of servers located in different places is the safest option for data protection.
- Cost reduction – Hardware equipment costs are reduced exponentially. Less equipment also means energy savings and more physical space available in companies.