As businesses continue to invest in virtualization and big data, their data center needs evolve and many are expanding their operations to meet these demands. However, security is a major question that firms need to consider with data center growth. With expanding data center operations comes increased risk of unauthorized access. Luckily, businesses have an easy route to take to overcome this challenge.

According to a recent study by Forrester, data center growth is being led by investments into virtualization and big data, with 47 and 46 percent of survey respondents citing them as their No. 1 reason, respectively. These two trends were followed by center consolidation at 41 percent, general business growth at 39 percent, business continuity efforts at 34 percent and storage needs at 32 percent. All of these trends can be addressed through certain data center improvements, such as colocation, but all raise the same risk of security breaches as well.

“IT transformation projects such as virtualization and big data are viewed as the main factors driving robust development across the data center sector. We feel this demonstrates the maturing aspect of these organizations in relation to their data center plans and budgets,” said Kris Kumar, vice president of Digital Realty Trust, the firm that commissioned the study.

As more businesses move forward with data center expansion and investments, they need to ensure they are optimizing internal operations as well, not just the buildings and technology.

By investing in high-quality biometric security, businesses can continue to optimize their data center operations through colocation or other trends. without fear of unauthorized parties gaining access to their servers and data. This route to optimization also enhances productivity and efficiency by eliminating easy-to-lose keycards and passwords and replacing them with a single authorization code – an employee’s fingerprint. This eases access management and improves accessibility for the right people.

Advanced customization of biometric technology also allows businesses to focus on secondary protection, from anti-passback solutions to dual authentication. Optimizing security along these lines ensures security compliance and regulations are met while supporting the workflow needs of facility staff.

All businesses want to optimize security, but many want to do so in a cost-effective way that includes leveraging new technology for more efficiency. Biometric access control offers the best of both worlds to companies looking to maximize their security efforts.