AKCP secures data centers with Southco's electronic access solutions

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AKCP secures data centers with Southco's electronic access solutions
Saturday, May 23, 2015Description :
AKCess Pro, one of the world's largest and oldest manufacturers of environmental monitoring, electrical, security and access control equipment, integrates Southco's Electronic Access Solutions (EAS) To managing its data center infrastructure to provide customers with greater security and convenience.
As companies realize the benefits of cloud computing and adopt it in their operations, data centers are experiencing an unprecedented peak in demand. According to TechNavio, the global market for data centers will increase by an average of 10.7% per year until 2016.1 But although this market is promising, competition is raging. To stand out, companies must be equipped with a complete and modern datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM) solution to manage the entire logistics process. According to 451 Research, the DCIM solutions market generated approximately $ 321 million in 2011, and is expected to increase by 44% annually on average, reaching a total revenue of $ 1.8 billion in 20162.
AKCess Pro (AKCP) created the market for environmental, electrical and network security monitoring solutions in 1981. Today, more than 100,000 of its systems monitor infrastructure in more than 150 countries and its products are used in Hundreds of applications worldwide. The company has prestigious customers such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Alcatel Lucent, Bell Canada, Microsoft, Sprint USA, etc.
Given the increasing volume of information stored on servers, including sensitive data, AKCP customers were worried about the security of the cabinets. Demand for access control features with tracing capability was also on the rise. "Data center security is experiencing peak demand. Our customers not only wanted to implement a remote access control and monitoring system that simplified key management, integrated video surveillance capabilities for safer service, and Access to cabinet level in addition to existing door access control, "said David Reid, vice president of operations at AKCP.
"High reliability DCIM solutions are essential to stay ahead of the competition as our customers want the most secure data center management service possible," says Reid. "We have always looked for ways to effectively ensure security in our premises. Previously, we spent a considerable amount of staff to monitor video surveillance cameras. "
Indeed, AKCP had to manually monitor the cameras, creating significant pressure on human resources and reporting processes. In order to maximize operational efficiency, AKCP has studied various methods to improve its security offerings within its DCIM solution.
Compatibility, standardization and product quality are essential in selecting the supplier

AKCP constantly seeks ways to improve its product range, and regularly designs and manufactures new solutions. "When we integrate third-party hardware, we have to consider many factors, including quality reputation and market share. Over the past 30 years, our commitment to quality has led us to eliminate a number of hardware vendors, "says Reid. "Southco enjoys excellent penetration in the market. Its locks are one of the most common solutions currently used by the data center industry, the company is certified to many industry standards and its products enjoy a solid reputation for reliability. It is the ideal partner. "
The compatibility of Southco products also fosters cooperation between the two companies. Southco locks are easy to install: almost all models are plug-and-play and suited to the majority of cabinets commonly used in modern data centers.
In April 2013, AKCP incorporated latches and latches for Southco's EAS server cabinet array handle to its existing DCIM solutions. Deployment took only two to three weeks. In addition, several AKCP customers already used Southco locks. For example, when the technology company integrated Southco's products into its DCIM solution, customers did not need to purchase new locking equipment.
"Southco's solution has passed our most stringent standard tests and achieved excellent performance in all our on-site tests, with different cabinets and with our software. Given the wide range of hardware and quality commitment required by AKCP from its partners, and the fact that the Southco server cabinet lock and handle work so well, our collaboration with Southco has expanded our Possibilities in terms of hardware for server cabinets, which allows us to improve the quality of service offered to our customers, "adds Nicholas Barrowclough, vice president of production at AKCP.
New surveillance and security system simplifies operations and saves resources

Since the integration of Southco's EAS and DCIM solutions from AKCP, the data center service provider can easily manage its security system centrally. When customers or visitors want to access certain infrastructure locations or servers, AKCP's General Services Manager can unlock the door remotely instead of having to travel, which improves productivity.
In addition, integrated solutions enable on-site real-time monitoring. In the event of an alert, the personnel is immediately notified by the alarm system, which guarantees optimal protection of the data stored on the servers.
AKCP can also use the integrated reporting system of integrated solutions, enabling it to quickly obtain an access report and a summary of activities, saving a considerable amount of resources compared to manual reports and simplifying the process.
"We appreciate the breadth of the Southco product line because our customers want to integrate a wide range of locks, detectors and software," says Charles Meyer, Senior Materials Engineer at AKCP. "The ability to handle both conventional locks and hinges as well as electronic locks for server cabinets makes ordering easier. It also enhances security and helps us comply with regulatory and business-specific requirements. "
With the integration of Southco's EAS products into its DCIM solutions, AKCP continued to grow in the market. "Our door and cabinet controllers allow our customers to strengthen their security measures while respecting their budget," says Reid. "Southco's security offering provides the level of security required by a data center service provider, and we can optimize the use of our resources to provide added value to our customers, instead of To operate the system.

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