Thursday, June 4, 2020

Q&A with Andy Gilbert, Space Data Centres Nottingham

With data breaches at Deloitte, Equifax and SEC hitting the headlines in recent weeks, hacking and cyber security is a hot topic. So what are the options when it comes to outsourcing the security of your crucial data assets.

We visit Nottingham-based Space Data Centres to speak to Andy Gilbert about this critical issue.

Tell us a little about your company.

Space Data Centres is based in Nottingham and provide security and availability of business systems and data. A data centre is a secure off site facility offering high speed connectivity to the internet, uninterruptable power and cooling, and most importantly enterprise grade security and firewalls for your business servers and data storage.

Gone are the days of dusty and hot IT cupboards on site full of cables, switches and worrying red lights.

How is it safer than a company having their own servers and storage on site?

Using a data centre is about reducing risk and ensuring your systems are available to your staff and customers at all times. Power cuts, water damage, break-ins, internet problems – all are common occurrences for any business. Data centres mitigate these risks. Enterprise grade security systems, access control policies and fire detection and suppression are all in place in a good data centre. You wouldn’t leave your years takings on your desk. You would put it in the bank. That’s the idea of a data centre; a bank for your business systems and information.

What is replication, and why should it matter to a company?

Replication is an important means to ensure business continuity. This is the process of duplicating a system or services across two or more servers. If one fails or becomes unavailable, the other takes over seamlessly with little to no interruption to services. This is vital in this day and age of ecommerce and 24hr business. Disaster recovery planning is as important as business insurance.

Are there any legal implications in migrating my file storage to a datacentre?

If you are using a good data centre here in the UK then there are very few legal implications, if any. Space Data Centres are a secure provider, cleared to provide services to the UK Government and the public sector.

Where would data be stored?

With Space, your data will be stored right here in Nottingham within a purpose designed and built multi-million pound Data Centre, envisaged to provide local businesses the same levels of resilience and protection as those enjoyed by large multi nationals and corporates.

What should people look for when choosing a data centre for their business? 

Location is most important. Can you access the systems if needed within a reasonable time? On security, is the Data Centre accredited? ISO27001 was a prerequisite for Space from day one. It governs how information is stored and all aspects of security of the facility, it is UKAS accredited and externally audited. Finally, resiliency, Tier levels denote the resilience of the infrastructure used on site. Space use UPS and generators to ensure continued operational status and hold Tier 3 classification. Don’t be afraid to arrange a visit to site and have a look, they are going to hold your most valuable business asset (your information), so arrange a access request and see it for yourself.

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