Today’s data centers

Being a field engineer once again after a 13 year hiatus from field service, I see a lot of new things in data centers (as well as new technology of course). The data centers now are much more segregated, for lack of a better word – everything is now in cages.

Now when I visit a data center to change a disk or service a controller, I am guided in; and the person escorting me uses biometric authentication such as handprint or retinal scanning to gain access. Most of the data centers I travel to are cloud hosting providers or DR sites – so when I go inside there are now cages that segregate customer’s server equipment. Those cages are under lock and key.

And, of course you are always on camera…