Many organisations today run an on-site server room and even with the growth of Cloud-based services and hyperscale data centres will continue to do so. Somewhere within the building, businesses and organisations need an IT facility to process and store data locally as well as connect them to external IT services and SaaS platforms.
Your server room or data centre is one of the worst possible places for a fire to start. Business and organisation interruption are inevitable and whilst hardware can be replaced in time, very often up-to-date data cannot. Even if the fire is quickly contained, smoke from a fire can lead to extensive IT server and network peripheral damage due to the corrosive chemicals within the smoke (sulphur and chloride elements). Brief smoke exposure can damage sensitive electronics as can high temperatures and off course exposure to flames.
Datacentres and server rooms are in a constant state of evolution when it comes to the top three concerns of IT technology, critical power and critical cooling. As servers become more powerful, they need more power to support larger facilities and cloud based services. This in turn leads not only to the need for more power but a greater risk of fire and related damage.
The costs to recharge a discharged or partially discharged fire suppression system depend upon its design. We provide a recharge service and would need to know the type of system installed, the number of cylinders, their location and of course the fire suppression agent require. We would normally carry out a site survey before quoting as part of our risk assessment and method statement.
It is mandatory by law to test a fire suppression system fitted to any building. Within a critical environment like a server room or datacentre we would recommend one to two inspections per year for maintenance and testing. Routine inspection and preventative maintenance will ensure your system is fully operational and ready to help protect your server facility and the people working within it from the risks associated with a fire.
Your server room facility may include sprinkler system components. The sprinkler head will contain a bulb with a coloured liquid inside that acts as a plug to prevent water from escaping. Heat rises and as the temperature increases from the fire, the heat expands the liquid which expands and eventually forces the bulb to burst, releasing the water in the sprinkler system. There are different coloured liquids for different temperature triggers including: orange, red, yellow, green, blue, purple and black. Sprinkler systems cannot be activated by smoke or dust even though the bulbs themselves are designed to be very fragile. Even tampering can set them off.
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We have over 30 years of experience working within data centre and server room environments. Our knowledge and experience means that we know how to design, install and maintain the right cooling, energy management, power and monitoring solutions for any critical IT environment.
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