Extreme Security For Web Servers

    Date02 Feb 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    To enter the vaults inside the windowless bunker-like compound requires punching in key codes and slipping your fingers into a series of scanners similar to those used at the U.S. Navy's nuclear facilities. The scanners leave little to chance. Their . . . To enter the vaults inside the windowless bunker-like compound requires punching in key codes and slipping your fingers into a series of scanners similar to those used at the U.S. Navy's nuclear facilities. The scanners leave little to chance. Their sensitive glass touch pads read thumbprints and detect body heat and pulse. "So if someone cuts your thumb off, they can't use it to get in," Patrick Sweeney said.

    Welcome to ServerVault. Sweeney, its founder, hopes the Dulles facility he opened in January will be a standout among the increasingly crowded field of Web-hosting centers. Such centers were built to provide the pipes, power and space needed to house computers that manage Web sites. But their proliferation during the past few years has left many of them competing for a niche market. The security paranoid seems to be the target of choice in the scramble for customers.

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