There are many aspects to audit inside a data centre to keep it operating to the highest standard. Whenever your team starts the discussion about a data centre audit, ensure you know your options. Depending on yours targets and goals, there are several types of data centre audits that be conducted. Here’s a rundown of the most common and what types of information they can uncover.
A data centre audit that focuses on the physical aspect of security will document and ensure that the appropriate procedures and technology are in place to avoid downtime, failures and unauthorised access and breaches to the data centre. This security audit will include factors such as;
- Fire Suppression Systems
- Overview of employees and contractors who access equipment
- Bio-metrics or other means of access control
- Cabinet-Level Security
An energy efficient audit helps you as a business pinpoint potential ways to reduce energy usage and utility costs. By taking a detailed look into power usage, thermal environment and lighting levels, a energy audit can uncover things such as failing equipment, incorrect HVAC configurations and lights being left on in unoccupied locations. During a data centre audit that will focus on the energy efficiency, the PUE (power usage effectiveness) can also be calculated. By tracking this data, you can create benchmarks and determine whether the data centre’s performance is improving overtime.
A data centre audit that involves the inventory of assets creates a library of accurate and up to date information of all equipment being used in your data centre. Examples of equipment could range from servers and cabinets to storage devices. The type of information documented in an asset audit could include;
- The manufacturer of the equipment
- Age of equipment
- Model numbers
- Maintenance records
Depending on your organisation and the types of data your data centre handles, there are many standards and guidelines to follow. A few examples may include the following;
- PCI – Protection of credit card data
- SOX – Management of electronic records
- HIPAA – To ensure that protected health information is stored and protected
An audit to verify standards compliance results in documentation that proper guidelines and procedures are in place to meet requirements set forth by these standards set.
Audits for other various standard can also include;
- SSAE 16 – The measurement of data centre controls applicable to financial reporting
- SOC 2 – The measurement of security, availability, processing integrity confidentiality and privacy control
- SOC 3 – The documentation of Soc 2 compliance with a seal of approval for use on websites and other marketing materials and data.
A Design Audit focuses on the design, comparing both the facility’s design to the applicable standards and the redundancy levels. Even though they’re typically audited before a new build or renovation, they can also be carried out to create more ideas to improve the data centre operations.
We at INFINITI can help you design a Data Center that resists failure, from reducing potential human error to making sure systems are running to the high standard. We can help you design, build and install a Data Centre that resists failure, from reducing the potential for human error to making sure systems are running like they should be.