The first answer to this question is that you can’t. That is, not unless you’re authorised to do so. Data centres are highly secure facilities, and in order to get in, your name needs to be on the list! And then the fun starts….
First, the perimeter gates. You shouldn’t be able to get past these without either presenting your ID to the security guards who will grant you access, or via an automated system such as an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) which will allow the security gates to open based on the registration plate of your vehicle. Once inside the perimeter fencing, you need to get into the building.
Some data centres will have security personnel at this point who will again, check your ID, check that you’re authorised to be there, and then let you in. Others will be automated, and you’ll be able to access the building using your security pass. At Teledata we have a security entrance portal with multi-factor authentication and anti-tailgating technology. Authorised staff and clients can get through this gate using their security passes, without having to make contact with our on-site security centre.
To get into the data halls themselves, our facility uses mantraps which are controlled by biometrics, and once inside the data halls, servers are housed in unmarked locked cabinets, or cages, which can only be accessed by the key or PIN holder.
If you try to get into a data centre facility without authorisation, you won’t get very far. A host of security technologies such as thermal imaging detection, CCTV, audio challenge and virtual trip wires will ensure that anybody who shouldn’t be there, is identified and removed from the site immediately.
To find out more about our data centre, take a look at our website here, or speak to our team on 0161 498 1200.