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Internet evolution 'impacting Cloud security'

Migration of enterprise IT into Cloud Computing models is increasingly being inhibited by out-dated approaches to physical security within the server room.

At the same time, claims a report from BroadGroup Consulting and TZ Inc., the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ is driving the physical world to behave as ‘an information system and manage the risks and demands that virtualised- and hosted environments create’.

Physical data centre protection - with its focus on ‘building’ security - still needs to recognise the operational and customer benefits derived from intelligent asset handling and the remote control of smart devices such as machine centric devices, claims the report. Sensors and actuators are embedded into physical objects which are programmed to sense and communicate. These objects - linked via fixed cable or wireless networks using IP - automatically generate detailed data for advanced analysis and management reporting.

In the data centre, The Internet of Things and remote actuation (or ‘remote hands’)  can provide volume data on physical access and environmental conditions both inside and outside a cabinet, cage, or rack. Micro-protection of this kind has direct implications for infrastructure availability, energy consumption and costs, compliance auditing as well as and health and safety obligations. It also means pro-active management of ‘lights out’ data centres, as well as facilities with heavy human traffic.

“This next generation of networked smart devices provides a foundation for protecting physical assets,” says BroadGroup Consulting managing director Steve Wallage, “as Cloud Computing advances to the next level and an added dimension of assurance for both users and providers of hosted services.”

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