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08/01/2022

Three-way cooperation maximizes data centre security

Ontario, Canada and Espoo, Finland

Core Data Centres, Iloq and the system integrator successfully worked together to formulate a locking system that could ensure smooth and secure access to servers in a Canadian data centre.

Core Data Centres Inc. owns and operates several state-of-the-art data centres in Canada. With the company providing solutions ranging from cloud and information technology services to managed services and colocation, maintaining high levels of security is vital.

Rack space is leased to many customers meaning there is a constant flow of people needing to access their own servers. Any breach in security by unauthorized individuals can have severe consequences for both the company managing the centre and for the blue-chip clients whose critical data has been penetrated.

Customers wholly rely on the data centre to provide a secure environment. However, the traditional access management systems on the market proved to be very expensive and there were challenges with the need for a power source and cabling.

When it came to creating a secure environment, Core Data Centres worked in close cooperation with Wesecure and Iloq. Wesecure is an experienced system integrator and Canada’s leading provider of critical infrastructure security. Acting as a consultant in helping Core Data Centres find the best outcome, Wesecure recommended the Iloq S50 mobile access sharing solution.

With Iloq S50, a smartphone acts as both a key and a power source. The cylinders are NFC powered and can be installed on the swing handles of the racks in a matter of minutes. No batteries or cabling are needed reducing costs and environmental impact. The security risks related to physical keys have been eliminated. Access rights are sent as a mobile key and remotely shared only with the authorised people. Features like time-restricted access, instant granting and revoking of access rights and real-time audit trail reports optimise security. And the entire system can be managed with one user-friendly and secure software programme.

Iloq NFC-powered locking cylinders will provide secure and convenient access to the server racks while Iloq S50 padlocks will be installed on the standby generators and the gas lines feeding them.

“This is a highly secure building, and our operations demand the same level of security. Handing over physical keys in person can be a major security risk. A major bonus of Iloq S50 is that the security desk can quickly and easily send, and also cancel, mobile keys over the air. We have full control at all times and can be sure only the right people have permission to access the servers,” states Bill Henneberry, Chief Technology Officer, Core Data Centres.

“Considering how the locking industry is moving towards keyless entry, IIloq is the only battery-free, mobile operated lock in the world that enabled us to deploy highly-secure access control system to our customers without the need for cabling or power to the locks,” says Mac Mokatren, Chief Executive Officer, Wesecure.

“I have always been a firm believer of ‘stronger together’. The customer recognised the clear need for a higher level of security, Iloq S50 is the best solution available in the market and the system integrator designed the system that resolved the issue. Great cooperation,” explains Frank Hayes, Country Manager, Iloq Canada.


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