Colocation centers are a fact of life for many companies. It the only cost-effect way to operate. But, since other people will be accessing the same facility, security of your gear becomes a concern. So how do you secure something that is in a shared space?
In some colocation sites, you may have a dedicated locking cabinet. This offers some security, but it's important to have remote visibility as well. To really protect your equipment, you need an electronic solution that can remotely alert you of tampering - purposeful or (more commonly) accidental.
RTUs are a great option for this, and there are many to choose from. But it's important to get the right one. Many commercial RTUs are large and have more capacity than you will need to monitor just a few cabinets. With a larger commercial RTU, you will pay more for features you will never use.
What you need is a medium-sized RTU that has just enough discrete alarms to monitor door contacts on your cabinets. It will alert you of unauthorized access to your cabinets immediately.
In addition, having a few control relays will give you the ability to monitor and control a camera so you can visually see your cabinets and make sure that no one is accessing your equipment.
Lastly, look for an RTU that has a connection for a temperature sensor. Temperature is an important aspect to monitor, since it can have devastating affects on your equipment if it gets too hot (or cold).
The NetGuardian M16 by DPS Telecom is one solution for this application. It's great for monitoring individual cabinets or several if they are all at the same location.
The D-Wire port on the NetGuardian M16 makes it easy to install D-Wire temperature sensors.
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