If you want to know how to protect a data center in 2012 you don't have to look further than the QTS Richmond Data Center. With what seems like a fortress surrounding it, the data center meets all the Department of Defense anti-terrorism force protection physical requirements.

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That's serious stuff. Here's what else the QTS Richmond Data Center does to protect itself:

  • 500 foot setback to all buildings surrounded by an energized fence protecting the campus perimeter
  • K-12 delta vehicle barriers with K-12 rated fencing at all vehicle entrances
  • Hardened 24x7x365 visitor screening facility rated National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Ballistic Level 3
  • Metal detection devices and x-ray scanning instruments screen all visitors
  • Central command center with 24x7x365 security staff with roving armed security officers
  • Security monitoring with video surveillance and security cameras
  • Card access, biometric fingerprint and iris scan identification systems throughout the facility

In other words, it looks like one of those buildings where you could only break in if you were starring in a heist movie and looked like George Clooney. The QTS Richmond Data Center had originally been a semiconductor fabrication facility but has been undergoing a conversion process to amp up its security measures for the past two years. From the sounds of it, no one will be breaking in. [Quality Tech]