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Monitoring Physical Threats in the Data Center
Traditional methodologies for monitoring the data center environment are no longer sufficient. With technologies such as blade servers driving up cooling demands and regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley driving up data security requirements, the physical environment in the data center must be watched more closely. While well understood protocols exist for monitoring physical devices such as UPS systems, computer room air conditioners, and fire suppression systems, there is a class of distributed monitoring points that is often ignored. This paper describes this class of threats, suggests approaches to deploying monitoring devices, and provides best practices in leveraging the collected data to reduce downtime.
AuthorsChristian Cowan Product Manager, APC Christian Cowan is a product manager for APC’s environmental and security product line. He has been in the IT and NCPI industries for 15 years, and is a member of IEEE. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.
Chris Gaskins Product Line Manager for Environmental and Security Products, APC Chris Gaskins is a 15-year veteran of the high tech industry where he has held a range of jobs in engineering, product management, and support. His technical background includes experience with PCbased servers, systems management, network management, and digital and physical security. He is currently the product line manager for environmental and security products at APC, which includes the NetBotz family of products. Before this, Chris was the Vice President of Engineering for AppGate, Inc. where he led a team of engineers developing application layer VPN systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Berry College in Rome, Georgia.