Infomart Data Centers’ Dallas Facility Undergoes Security Transformation
Infomart Dallas, the largest aggregation of data centers and technology-intensive tenants under one roof, steps up physical security.
Infomart Data Centers has announced significant, building-wide security enhancements to its iconic Infomart Dallas facility. As the Dallas facility evolved into the primary connectivity point for the Southern U.S. and the largest data center in Texas, the security profile of the building increased greatly. The enhanced security features include a new security operations center, updated access controls, additional surveillance capabilities, and an expanded security staff. Along with the physical security upgrades, building management also formed a Security Council with a group of representatives from building tenants to collaborate on new access and visitor management policies and procedures.
Infomart will integrate the new security measures in two stages, with the first enhancements to be deployed by early September, and the second stage completed by the close of 2016. The initial stage of security upgrades to Infomart Dallas will focus on entrance access and visitor management, including badge access control devices across all building entrances, the aforementioned new security operations center that will be positioned in the front lobby, additional camera coverage throughout the campus, as well as a 54% increase in security staffing. The second phase of enhancements will be completed by year-end and will include a new building security system, increased site fencing, call boxes, additional surveillance, and queuing lanes allowing for proper vetting of deliveries. When complete, the security features at Infomart Dallas will be consistent with those at the world’s leading mega data centers.
“Infomart Dallas, the primary carrier hotel in the country’s third-largest data center market, has evolved significantly since we acquired the building a decade ago,” remarks John Sheputis, president of Infomart Data Centers. “Even with the phenomenal growth of network and IT investment in the building, Infomart Dallas remains much more than a data center. Nearly 2,500 people enter and leave this building every weekday, and there are hundreds of deliveries daily.”
“To balance the security needs for both commercial office and data center use, we formed a Security Council with our leading tenants with the shared objective of securing access to the building, while efficiently allowing invited guests to enter the facility. The Security Council supports the security improvements and is helping execute on the transition,” Sheputis adds.
Infomart Dallas has recently undergone the completion of a 3 MW multi-tenant data center, the first step in a multi-phase expansion that will add up to 30 MW and 300,000 sq ft of data center space to the existing 1.6 million-sq-ft facility. In addition, Infomart Dallas recently launched a carrier-neutral Building Meet-Me Room (BMMR), enabling carriers to easily establish physical Points-of-Presence (PoPs) by leveraging shared building conduit pathways. Infomart upended the traditional BMMR model by waiving monthly cross-connect fees for clients and facilitated interconnectivity between more than 75 network carriers, cloud and content providers, as well as all colocation customers within the building.
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Infomart will unveil the latest physical security enhancements at its Dallas facility as part of an exclusive Infomart 2.0 launch event. The event will include tours of security upgrades as well as Infomart’s Dallas data center, networking opportunities with industry peers, light refreshments, a media Q&A, a presentation by Sheputis as well as remarks from data center security expert Shane Campbell of Guidepost Solutions. The event will commence in the lobby of the Infomart Dallas facility, which is located at 1950 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. Media and industry analysts are welcome to attend. Registration is free but required to secure your spot; to RSVP, click here.