Security — Most Important Quality of a Data Center

Data centers prioritize security about all else when they launch. It is the most important investment for entrepreneurs who want to start a data center to cater to the millions of data that need to be stored in a safe place. But of course, there is always room for improvement. There is always something people can do better to improve security.

That is exactly what Google wants to achieve through its OpenTitan chip. The tech giant wants to ensure that security for every data center will be top-notch. OpenTitan is described as “the first open source project building a transparent, high-quality reference design and integration guidelines for silicon root of trust chips.”

OpenTitan aims to achieve security through transparency. This is achieved by empowering the community to be proactive and handle its own audit. By evaluating and assessing among themselves, security is heightened. Also, the main goal of this service is not the profit. Developed by specialists form Google, ETH Zurich, Western Digital, among others, OpenTitan is committed to development and academic expansion.

Cheaper data center, too

The power behind OpenTitan is reportedly based on Google’s famous Pixel phones. Every Pixel phone has a chip with its own security factors. The key payment and authentication data are secured in this chip. It is also here that decryption and encryption processes are made. This makes the phone unhackable. Let’s say a hacker gets into a person’s information in the cloud. But the most important data — the payment and authentication information — are in the chip. There is no way a hacker could get those kinds of information.

Other tech companies like Apple and Intel have their own versions of the software. Google, though, wants a unified system for all, hence, the OpenTitan.

Open source platform

Security testing is not common in the continuous integration part of the process, said Erica Brescia, the COO of GitHub, during the Open Source Summit 2019.

Open source has really changed the operations and management of data centers. In the case of OpenTitan in data centers, it will authenticate the machine that handles data center processing. It will have its own set of audit records and security services — its own chip so to say. One can immediately surmise that at the processing level, data are already unhackable.

How cost-efficient is data center operations?

In the general sense, it is still unclear whether a data center is practical to operate. On the one hand, capital outlay and operational expenses are going to be a bust — it costs a lot to run a data center. On the other hand, there is always a steady stream of clients for data centers because majority of the population are always on their mobile phones. That means they rely so much on digital information and they will always need a place to store them.

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