Data center security concerns — public access trails around a data storage center

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Our very rural area may become home to a fairly large data storage center.  The location chosen by the center owner/operator would be on approximately 50 acres in a publicly owned commerce center.  The entire commerce center is surrounded by a buffer area of mixed woods and meadows.  A local community interest group wants very much to install a walking/cycling trail within the confines of the buffer zone.  The proposed trail would be between 3-4 miles in total length and would encircle the entire commerce park.  Such an amenity would serve both the public at large and the employees of business located in the commerce park. My question is this:  Is such a public access trail a security concern for the data center and/or its tenants?  Could such a trail preclude a data storage center from locating in the commerce park?
ASKED: February 24, 2010  7:26 PM
UPDATED: March 1, 2010  1:16 AM

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There should be no concern with the public trail as long as the facility maintains physical security protocls for the building and adjacent generators, etc. If that’s the case, the generators and such should be place behind a secure area. I’ve seen data centers surrounded by retail buildings and there have been no security concern. The key is to secure the building and external components.

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  • jinteik
    yeah with cctv, physical security, user access rights, and generator you will be fine..
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  • Kevin Beaver
    It's no more a security concern than a sidewalk outside a building in a downtown area. If proper due diligence is performed on the data center it shouldn't matter where specifically it's located (within reason of course).
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