Shrouded in an impenetrable fortress of various traps, biometrics and firewalls to discourage potential hackers, hijackers and intruders from rifling important data, Visa’s Operations Center East (OCE), one of the newest and most advanced data center’s in the country, is a stalwart defender of protecting data among the thousands of transactions processed daily at Visa’s OCE from getting into the wrong hands.
Visa’s bastion of data, which is situated in an industrial park across 8-acres of scenic, suburban real estate, not only has a slew of internal defense measures, but also numerous external ones to apprehend any and all infiltrators. Intruders looking to merely drive up and enter the front doors of the data center will have their plans dashed by OCE’s surrounding moat, which is the facility’s drainage pond, along with hydraulic bollards ready to spring into action at a moments notice inducing an on-the-dime turn from the driver, which is impossible for a car to achieve above 50 mph.
Once inside, one will have to navigate through a network of mantraps, biometric scanners, and security guards, at points which require badges and biometric images of the right index finger to obtain further access into the deeper corridors of the data center.
It will take more than a small gust of wind to break the foundation of the facility. The OCE stronghold can withstand earthquakes and hurricane force winds of up to 170-mph. Power failures? No problem. The Operations Center East has enough onsite generators to provide power for 9 days after a power outage, generating enough electricity for 25,000 households.
About Operations Center East (OCE):
Operations Center East is a tier 4 compliant data center, and it is the job of the 130 workers housed within the facility to ward-off virtual threats and ensure the data center is always up and running for its end-users.
VisaNet’s services include transaction risk, data encryption, and transaction alerts. In addition, OCE houses seven 20,000-square foot server rooms called pods. Two of the seven pods contain Visa’s core network, while the third pod is used for corporate networks, the fourth pod is used for development, the fifth pod is for mobile platforms, and two remaining pods are awaiting expansion.
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