Austin's newest data centre, CyrusOne, is ringed by an 8-foot-high security fence. Regular visitors have to present an ID and have their fingerprint scanned to gain access to the computer rooms. Security cameras monitor both the outside and the inside. Computers operate inside locked cabinets or larger areas that are caged in and locked. Tight security is part of what data centres sell.
The data centre is the seventh in Texas built by CyrusOne of Houston, which has its other six centres in operation in the Bayou City and in the Dallas area. The company claims that its centre is designed and built to a high standard to make major corporate customers comfortable putting their vital computer operations in Austin. The proof of that argument is the centre’s anchor tenant, BP, which wanted a secondary data centre in Austin to back up its operations in Houston.
Source: The Statesman