Important for 4D Clients:
- Access by Appointment Only – How to make an access request
- Face Covering Policy – Updated 26 January 2021
- Thermal Imaging Cameras – Effective from 1 July 2020
- Free remote hands and server drop-off service – Extended until at least 1st April 2021
With the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, partners and customers, while ensuring our data centres remain fully operational, safe and reliable. We will update this page in line with our monthly policy reviews, so please revisit it regularly to stay up to date.
For the latest update on what 4D have been doing in response to the pandemic, please watch the the below video from our CEO, Jack Bedell-Pearce:
Pandemic Response Plan
Since our initial response plan, way back in March 2020, we continue to adpat and make adjustments as new government guidelines are released, to the way in which we operate.
These measures to improve our social distancing strategy remain in place. These steps include:
- Effective 17th March 2020, all business-critical staff – which includes 4D Directors, our Support Team and our DC and Facilities Teams – continued to work on-site but transitioned onto shift-patterns to minimise cross contamination.
- All other 4D team members are working from home until further notice but are still available by phone and video conference.
- All customer visits to our data centres have to be made by appointment only – further details on this policy can be found below in the section Access by Appointment.
- We ask that customers maintain, at all times, at least 2 meters distance from 4D staff and other clients as recommended by government social distancing guidelines.
- Customers will no longer be allowed to use the shared kitchen facilities or meeting rooms in any of our data centres until further notice.
We do not expect these changes to have any material impact on our operations – in other words: it’s business as usual.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
A new change that has been tested in June and will be implemented from 1 July 2020, is the addition of thermal imaging cameras to our receptions to take contactless temperatures of those visiting the data centre. The cameras are dual image optical and IR thermal which means they can overlay thermal data onto a normal video stream.
- Every visitor to the data centre will be tested before entering
- If you return a temperature of 37.5° Celsius, you will be given the opportunity to acclimatise and retest
- Anyone consistently returning a temperature greater than 37.5° Celsius (implying a fever) will be asked to return on a different day
Face Covering Policy
Updated January 2021: Since the first lockdown in March 2020, we have kept our staff and clients safe by ensuring our data centres are ‘Covid-secure workplaces’. This includes asking all visitors to wear face coverings when inside our data centres.
With infection rates high, and so much still unknown about the new UK strain, this a compulsory requirement during any site visit.
If you visit us and don’t have a mask, we are happy to provide one. If you are unable to wear a mask then our team are here to support you, and you can make use of our unlimited remote hands to save you from having to visit the site. Remote hands can be used for anything you need, up to and including deploying new hardware.
Access by Appointment
Effective from 5pm on the 25th March 2020, we are asking all our clients who wish to visit our data centres to do so by appointment only. We would also ask that you only attend site personally if the works are critical or urgent. This even applies if you are currently on the permanent access list for our data centres. This policy will be in place at least until the current UK pandemic or government guidance changes.
Site visits can be booked in by either logging a ticket through our Support Portal or sending an email to our Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
All access requests must include the following information:
- Name of persons visiting the data centre (2 maximum)
- Date, time and duration of visit (max 4 hours)
- Data centre location required to visit
- Purpose of visit
- Rack positions for which access is required
As part of our social distancing policy, we will only be allowing a maximum of 4 customers in each building at any one time, with a maximum of 2 people from any one client / company. We will not be allowing customers to work in racks that share a common cold aisle at the same time and access may be denied at any point if we’re at capacity for on-site customers. We would ask that wherever possible customers give us at least 24 hours’ notice of a site visit. However, the minimum notice we can accept is 1 hour. Please do not head off to visit a site until you have confirmation that access during your requested time slot has been granted.
More free remote hands and server drop-off service
We understand that minimising the number of visits to any site will be a priority for many businesses, which is why - effective immediately and extended to at least 1st April 2021 - we are offering, on a best endeavours basis, unlimited free daily remote hands requests for all clients. Large or complex blocks of works may be subject to a charge or require pre-booking if additional resourcing is required. Remember, you can use our remote hands service to do things such as:
- Server racking and operating system installation
- Replacement of components (hard drives, memory etc.)
- Cable patching and replacement
Suspension of bandwidth over usage charges
We recognise that with a large scale move to remote working for a lot of business there will be increased demands on network traffic and throughput that were not expected or planned for. In order to help our customers deal with this increased network traffic without having to worry about additional charges we are suspending all bandwidth over usage costs effective from now to at least until 1st April 2021. This allows you to increase loads on your systems and networks beyond any existing CDR up to the maximum throughput of your ports without incurring additional costs.
If you have an existing rate-limit in place to limit your maximum throughput, you can have this removed by contacting our support team on email@example.com and one of the network team will remove your network rate limits as soon as possible.
4D's Covid-19 Business Resource Page
We are committed to continually monitor and respond where necessary to the Coronavirus outbreak. We have an additional Business Resource page that provides:
- Helpful business advice on how to mitigate risks, such as:
- Suggestions on how your IT to can help or hinder business continuity:
- Advice on adapting your IT to handle new ways of working:
Protecting Clients and the 4D Team
Finally, we’d like to reiterate that our number one priority is the health and safety of our clients and our team, which is why we continue to follow the following hygiene policies at all our data centres:
- Hand washing - upon arrival all team members and visitors will be asked to wash their hands, or use sanitiser provided
- No handshakes - we will suspend physical acts of greeting, such as handshakes, until further notice
- Increased cleaning - we have implemented a daytime cleaning schedule that focuses on frequently used surfaces such as door handles
- Site registration – signing in of team members and visitors will now be carried out by 4D Security and, until further notice, signatures will not be required. Our policies covering the requirement for government issued photographic identification, or registration on our biometric system, continue to be in place to maintain a robust security perimeter
- Sanitiser – all communal workstations/ KVM trollies and resources have cleaning products next to them – these should be used before and after each use e.g. keyboards, mice, kettles
- Hand-free doors – our door release buttons have been replaced with infrared scanners (image below) to reduce the amount of frequently used surfaces in the data centre