• Physical security for data centres to hit $1bn by 2026

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    The data center physical security market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 7.42% during the period 2020−2026, to hit sales of $1,045.9m by the end of the forecast period.

    That’s according to a new report from Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, which says:

    • The global physical security market is growing due to an increase in data center investments owing to increasing digitalization and the adoption of cloud services by enterprises as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The physical security market for data centers is highly fragmented, with multiple local and global vendors offering solutions, along with system integrators, who have expertise in design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of physical security systems.
    • North America leads the market in terms of physical security systems, with around 45% of the overall market share followed by APAC and Europe.
    • Hyperscale data center operators prefer multiple layers of security, and majority of data centers are implementing a minimum of five-layer security design. There is a growing demand for multi-factor authentication and CCTV monitoring, as well as advanced BMS systems to monitor and manage hyperscale data centers.
    • With an increase in edge data center deployment that are mostly deployed in locations nearer to the customers and at rural locations, the requirement for physical security will also increase. Data center operators adopt increased physical security measures such as access point restrictions, use of fences, and trenches to protect against natural calamities, and careful selection of material for enclosures.
    • Asia faces significant natural calamities; hence, data centers in Asia need to develop disaster recovery and business continuity plans (BCP). It is imperative that robust physical security systems are installed in the region.

    The report estimates that over 300 colocation facilities were under construction or opened in 2020, and this number is increasing as operators are finding higher demand from customers across verticals for colocating their data center needs.

    The development of greenfield data centers by enterprises is moving toward modular deployments, which include prefabricated containment systems or containerized data center facilities.

    The infrastructure vendors that dominate the modular data center space include Schneider Electric, Vertiv, Eaton, Huawei Technologies, and Rittal.

    The majority of data centers are mostly restricted to urban locations and prominent sites such as Texas, New York, Virginia, London, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Paris, Dubai, Mumbai, Osaka, Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland. In recent years, these locations have attracted considerable investments, and more data centers are planned for 2021 and beyond.

    In terms of physical security, North America is a major location for investments in products and services. Many facilities boast five or six-layered physical security to protect data. For instance, CoreSite Realty’s Chicago data center (CH2) data center facility is equipped with CCTV’s, IP-DVR security officers 24/7, access key cards, biometric scanners.


    Stuart O'Brien

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