Live fire testing footage shows that water sprinkler systems discharged in a data center can cause more damage and disruption than the actual fire. You will also see that by installing a clean agent fire suppression system using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid the damage could be prevented, and your downtime could be minimized.
One of the most feared, and often least talked about, causes of data interruption is fire – because even a small fire can result in costly service interruptions, destroyed equipment, loss of valuable customer data and even disruptions to vital services such as emergency response and air traffic control.
It’s common to see water sprinklers mandated for fire protection within data center facilities. Sprinklers are installed in commercial buildings to help save lives and property, but, unlike the advanced clean agent 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, they are not effective at quickly extinguishing small fires hidden inside equipment enclosures and raceways. This means that a fire can get bigger and cause more damage before a water sprinkler system will even activate, let alone extinguish the fire. The reality is, water sprinkler systems are designed to contain a fire until help arrives, not necessarily extinguish it.
And it’s not just the fire that causes significant damage. It is a common understanding that water is highly destructive to sophisticated electronics and media, as well as paper documents. But the effect of water and fire damage doesn’t stop with just the impact on physical assets – they can also cause costly downtime until essential assets are replaced, clean-up is complete, and operations are back up and running. Novec 1230 fluid, on the other hand, is designed to quickly extinguish fires leaving valuable electronics and other sensitive materials clean and operational.
See for yourself (PDF, 519.58 KB) the drastic difference between a water sprinkler system discharge and a fire suppression system discharging 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.
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