Data Bunkers Move Inside the Office

What do you do if your data center is nearly trashed twice by forces beyond your control? That’s what happened to MSApple, an Ohio-based firm that grappled twice with serious external threats – a fire elsewhere in their building that caused smoke damage to IT equipment, and a flood from a burst pipe outside the company’s offices, which stopped just short of soaking the data center.

The company’s solution was to build the equivalent of an IT “panic room” – a modular steel-walled data center inside the company’s building that serves as a secure interior space to seal out physical hazrds. Mark Fontecchio tells MSApple’s story over at TechTarget. The 2,000 square foot facility was built in a week and cost $40,000. It looks like an innovative way for companies with limited budgets to better secure parts of their data center infrastructure.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.