Security is a typical custom feature. Sometimes simple caging isn’t enough. A metal cage with a padlock or electronic latch is nowhere near enough to meet the security needs of some data. It needs to be a separate room, sealed off with special doors. As a consequence, this means remodeling work at the colocation data center. A conventional colocation data center, based strictly on basic rent yields, can quickly reach its limits.
Where specific physical security demands exist, extraordinary virtual protection measures can’t be ruled out entirely. Additional network termination point equipment with specific encryption technology, for example.
And while we’re on the subject of special technology: an aging data center might even have a tape library – which also has to continue operation free of interruptions. “Housing plus” is more than just plugging in and switching on. To ensure that a complete data center, with its own unique personality, continues to run smoothly in its “parking space”, the moving party also has to demand IT infrastructure competence of its colocation provider, so that only the active components – servers and storage – require custom connections afterwards. This means setting up the complete network infrastructure, for example. Of course, this full “housing plus” approach also comes with a tight schedule and up-front investments in the millions.