Data centers have been playing a pivotal role in information uptake, storage, computation, and management. Toward the end of 2025, the worldwide online data creation is expected to exceed 175 zettabytes, which underscore the growing importance of highly efficient, state-of-the-art data cenetrs, which would protect not only the information inside data centers but also the data still in transit, or being consumed by end users.
To cater to the evolving demands of the ever-amplifying sea of information, data center operators, colocation providers, including FAMGA (Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon), are constantly focused on data center upgrades.
As reported by 24/7 Wall Street, the prevalence of data breaches is rising at an alarming rate and a total of over 1,500 breaches were identified by the Identity Theft Resource Center, in the year 2017. The report also mentioned a whopping 45% increase in the occurrence of data breaches than those that were recorded in 2016, just the previous year.
Taking a step ahead – virtual & logical security challenges arising rapidly
While it has been a priority task of data centers to safeguard critical data and sensitive information in form of IP (intellectual property) or confidential records, it is now imperative to take a step ahead and strategize for the data center security under the assumption that the network has already been breached.
Experts’ agreement on the need for concerted efforts to target the challenges of a pre-assumed breach mentality highlight the criticality of the transformation of conventional networks. Virtual encryption has already begun the invasion of networks and data security, which has created a massive challenge facing the futuristic data centers.
Digital defense is being cited as the need of the hour, and security solutions providers are more likely to remain focused on implementing highly comprehensive and integrated cybersecurity plans, which work equally efficiently for on- and off-premises networks.
More data – more vulnerabilities
Vulnerability-susceptible facilities are often subject to all the possible physical precautions for safety and security of the contents. However, as the expanse of online or digital world is widening at a brisk pace – creating another space of security from virtual threats, even the most reliable security measures can fail to imperviously meet the challenges thrown by virtual and logical threats. Data center operators have thus embraced a holistic approach to ensure the physical, virtual, and logical security of their IT infrastructure.
With data at its peak, with no indication of a slowdown anytime soon, organizations are constantly pushing their investments in the security of information. Global behemoths such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and a few others are announcing colossal investments in the new fiber builds – pointing to the limits beyond terrestrial as well as submarine networks. The quest for data generation is however leading the IT world to a fresh new set of vulnerabilities.
While all sizes of data centers need robust security, though at varied levels, several security features tend to target business uptime. Tier-wise examination of data centers has revealed time and again that each of them must have a defined set of security measures, based on the respective fault tolerance and the resultant uptime. Tier 1 and 2 data centers typically serve small business enterprises, where uptime demand is relatively lesser. On the other hand, Tier 3 and 4 data centers are employed to fulfil rigorous uptime demands along with the long-term viability.
Data center security – overseas?
Unlike smaller enterprises that choose to deploy data centers physically located near the organizations, precisely in the same country, global giants often opt for data storage on an overseas cloud. While storing even the most vulnerable information and records on an international cloud is a commonplace practice among globally operating enterprises, the data center security is strictly in alignment with the data sovereignty laws, set by the respective country or region.
Data center operators thus meticulously prefer to remain on their toes when it comes to abiding by the international data privacy laws and evolving updates in the regulatory framework. Organizations opting for overseas cloud data storage are desirable to plan the multinational cloud deployment keeping in mind the contingency plan prepared for the worst, in terms of security risks.
FAMGA’s stance on data center security
In the backdrop of recent security breach instances of Facebook and Amazon Web Services (AWS), the critical need for superior data center security is repeatedly highlighted. While these and other FAMGA companies own sensitive user information that can be used to track users’ activities, behavior, finances, and other details, it positions these companies at the forefront of the battle countering data exploitation, breach, theft, misuse, and misconduct of the PII (personally identifiable information).
Moreover, though the trends such as homomorphic encryption and data anonymization still continue to be in the latent stage, they hold massive potential to pose a sizeable impact on each bit of the information that is being generated and stored at data centers. Experts are now concerned about how FAMGA companies are taking efforts to stretch their boundaries in securing the sea of user information and other vulnerable data against such upcoming security threats. The answer may lie in adoption of next-gen technologies such as encrypted genomics, and privacy preserving advertising exchanges. FAMGA companies are reportedly doubling their investments and efforts in data security.
The future of data center security – shaping up in developing countries
The global deployment of data center security accounted for the revenues worth US$ 12 billion, in 2018. In the next five years, the global market value for data center security will cross the US$ 20 billion mark, says a recent research intelligence report. The high growth outlook of the market is likely to be particularly driven by an increasing number of SMEs preferring adoption of data center security solutions.
While Europe and North America have been contributing more than half of the total revenues represented globally by the market, it has been observed that data center and colocation demand is prominently rising across developing regional markets, especially in China, India, Brazil, and others. The expanse of integrated data center security is firming up in these countries, abetting the growth of market.