When you need to secure an area within your Data Center, caging provides a flexible and affordable way to get the job done. However, like anything in the data center, a little forethought and planning can make the difference
Your choice of cages has huge implications to your business .This goes beyond their function of protecting your equipment. Depending on the characteristics of your facility, cage construction can introduce significant time and complexity considerations,. Limitations on cage configuration can even affect your ability to gain efficiencies from the space in your data center or limit your options for where to locate your facility in the first place.
After spending a lot of money on sophisticated security software and equipment to impress your clients on their next tour of your facility. However, what will they think when they look at your partition and see an amateur patchwork of construction fencing? Wouldn’t it be a huge letdown that can cast doubt on your whole approach to security.
Sleek steel cages provide them with a greater sense of comfort, security and peace of mind about their decision to place their precious systems and data in your co-location. A steel enclosure shows that you take the security and integrity of their equipment seriously while paying attention to the details of aesthetics and visual appeal
With cages, it is tempting to save a bit of money and use chain-link fencing or standard construction fencing. We’ve seen many attempts to pull this off, and none of them could be considered a success.There are many reasons to steer clear of these make-do approaches, but the biggest reason is that what you save in costs, you end up paying for in wasted time trying to get the cages to do what they were never intended to do.
Not all makers of wire cages can customize their products to your needs economically the limited range of sizes and shapes that they offer also poses as a difficulty in future expansion of your colocation.
A cage also needs to match the contours of your environment to provide the highest level of security and cooling efficiency. This is especially important for data centers that are in older buildings, where odd room configurations, exposed pipes and irregular walls present special challenges. Operators that want to take full advantage of edge opportunities will need enclosure partners that can build to their specifications in even the most non-traditional environments.
Don’t spend your time figuring out how to get the cage to wrap around a corner, or trying in vain to affix a card reader to a flimsy wire grid. Cages that have been purpose built for the data centre will save you a lot of hassle.
Another critical consideration is how you want the door and locking system to behave. Will the door close automatically? Will it lock automatically, or is it only lockable from the outside? Unless you plan these behaviors carefully you could end up with some undesirable results. For example, if your staff can’t lock the door from the inside, they could be forced to leave it open for long periods while working in the “secure” area.
The Achilles heel of any cage systems is the fact that they can be breached easily .A cage should maximize physical security and minimize wasted space. They also need to accommodate changes mandated by customer needs, expansion, the introduction of new equipment and other factors that vary over time.Wireframe cages may be difficult or impossible to modify or may not have the structural integrity to accommodate those demands.
Paneled cages come with a wide range of security options, including multiple keylock configurations. They exactly fit your space and are more aesthetically pleasing than wireframe cages. That says a lot to your customers about the care you put into protecting their equipment.
Custom-built containment solutions can deliver the lowest total cost of ownership. A rugged steel solution that is constructed to the same durable standards as cabinets and enclosures ensures structural integrity and harmonizes visually with the equipment inside. Custom-built solutions exactly meet your space and configuration needs and professional installation saves you time and money. Keep this in mind as you plan your cage solution.