London, January 2011 – A new White Paper from BroadGroup and TZ Inc reveals thatthe migration of IT into the Cloudis inhibited by increasingly out-dated approaches to physical security within the server room. In contrast, theevolving Internet of Things is driving the physical world to behave as an information systemand manage the risks and demands that virtualised environments and hosted computing services opens up.
Physical data centre protection with its focus on ‘building’ security, still needs to recognise the operational and customer benefits derived from intelligent asset handling and the remote control of smart devices such as Machine centric devices. Sensors and actuators are embedded into physical objects which are programmed to sense and communicate. These objects are linked via fixed cable or wireless networks using the Internet Protocol (IP) and automatically generate detailed data for advanced analysis and management reporting.
The Internet of Things and remote actuation (or ‘remote hands’) has multiple applications across all sectors. In the data centre, it can provide volume data on physical access and environmental conditions both inside and outside a cabinet, cage or rack. Micro-protection of this kind has direct implications for infrastructure availability, energy consumption and costs, compliance auditing as well as and health and safety obligations. It also means pro-active management of ‘lights out’ data centres as well as facilities with heavy human traffic.
Next generation technologiesoffer innovative approaches to protection. An interesting example of this is from Telezygology Inc. (TZ) and their smart micro-protection systems (ixp.tz.net) which use shape memory alloy actuated intelligent locking devices for advanced protection and remote control of assets. This disruptive technology revolutionizes the concept of electro-mechanical locking and appears to enable a range of smart devices with embedded intelligence, much smaller form factors and less power consumption.
TZ’s web-based platform provides real-time audit trails and remote actuation. Their intelligent locking devices work with existing structured cable (or wireless networking) and will open - and close – on command according to customer’s specification. Cabinet doors, shelves, servers, tiles and plugs can be checked remotely. Devices can be locked and unlocked remotely via a user portal. This technology is fully IP addressable and fully auditable. The TZ platform is also being used to ensure last mile chain of custody of accountable mail and parcel delivery through an intelligent storage system using a network of software controlled locking devices.
“The Internet of Things brings new ways of giving control back to users and to suppliers of cloud computing services,” commented Steve Wallage, managing director of BroadGroup Consulting. “This next generation of networked smart devices provides a sound foundation for protecting physical assets as cloud computing advances to the next level and an added dimension of assurance for both users and providers of hosted services.”
The white paper includes detailed user interviews, case studies and market analysis to examine these growing trends and assess how vendors, operators and users should respond. It can be downloaded at www.datacentres.com
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About Telezygology Inc.
Telezygology, Inc. (TZ) is the inventor of intelligent fastening, locking and actuation devices that in combination with TZ software and communication gateways provide a networked platform that extends traditional access control networks to asset level protection and creates compelling security, locking, monitoring and control applications across a number of market segments.