Think of a data colocation center like a bank. You put your data there for safekeeping. You can access your data remotely any time you want, and all they’ll do is maintain the hardware that stores it all, and make sure nothing happens to them physically.
Fires are a major concern in a building full of wires and sensitive data boxes. This is why colocation centers employ active and passive fire protecting systems in order to protect your data. A firewall is a passive protection element that will restrict the flames to a specific area until the proper personnel arrive.
Sprinklers are a last resort since excessive water may damage server equipment. Because of this, centers use clean agent fire suppressors that expel gaseous elements to stop a fire before the sprinkler systems need to kick in.
Hacking is harder than what the movies make it look like, but it’s much easier to do if you’re connected to the data server, than doing it from a remote location. This makes security a top concern for colocation centers, and most of them employ security systems stricter than most companies.
Facilities employ proximity access cards, biometrics, weight matching, CCTV cameras, individual locked cages, and an employee escort everywhere you go.
Colocation centers are a great solution for companies that can’t afford to build and protect their own IT facilities. Sometimes they work so well that the protection of data is tougher than the employees working with them.