Financial Data Center, Hiding in Plain Sight

It’s hard to keep a secret nowadays, and enormous data center projects are hard to hide. That’s a dilemma for financial data centers housing some of the nation’s most sensitive data. This week the Record published a story about the New York Stock Exchange’s plans for a 398,000 square foot data center in northern New Jersey.

When the newspaper began calling about the data center, NYSE Euronext, site owner and builder Russo Development and contractor Structure Tone all declined comment. But the paper uncovered references to the identity of the data center’s operator in SEC filings and local planning documents.

The paper notes that “public officials don’t mind talking about the project in interviews,” including the local mayor, police chief and an official from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security. Oddly enough, questions about the security of the data center seem to have elicited comment from these officials. Planning documents also revealed a debate about whether the facility would need to have an emergency power off (EPO) button (it won’t, as the design no longer includes wiring below the raised floor).

NYSE Euronext disclosed in an SEC filing that it is “consolidating our data centers in the United States and Europe, and have commenced construction of two of the new global data centers, which we expect to complete by the end of 2010.”

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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.

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  1. If a new Data Center is constructed cover all 4 disciplines of security { Physical, Operational, Logical & Structural} POLS, it won't matter if the public knows where the Data Center is if the security is thoroughly covered. It isn't likely that the NYSE can really hide the whereabouts of its ~400 square foot Data Center anyway. Most Data Center designers cover Physical & Logical security systems thoroughly as those disciplines are maturing. What is often not covered thoroughly is the Structural Security, organizations become too focused on getting a CO and getting the new Data Center live that they often don't cover themselves from the structural threats of fire, water, theft & wind. How many Data Centers are built with a 20 minute fire rated door? How many Data Centers are built with more than a 10-15 minute Class 125 rating? The real interesting aspect to my points is that there are new building materials that can cover Structural Security and omit these unnecessary exposures while actually constructing the facility & obtaining the CO faster. Let me know if you'd like to learn more about the process?