SUPPRESSION NOISE IN DATACENTRES – WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF

This a very hot topic but one that doesn’t appear to create much action to resolve despite the potential enormous risk to business continuity. You have to ask why not?

  • Is it misunderstanding of the risk?
  • Maybe a lack of appreciation that this risk can be averted and reasonably easily without changing complete systems?

Hopefully this Blog will inspire some debate, hopefully some communication and ideally some attendance at our exclusive event in Covent Garden, London on 11th May 2016 about this subject and various other innovation technology (strictly invitation only for system owners and specifiers) see below and email [email protected] for details and check availability.

The original incidents date back to 2007 which amazingly means that at the time of writing we are now approaching 10 years of awareness and yet the incidents increase year on year and the risks appear to be ignored despite the potential significant losses to business interruption and data.

There have been various incidents in all types and sizes of data sites around the world with one of the biggest outages being at West Host which occurred 6 years ago through an accidental discharge of the Inergen Suppression System  – See the various reports at CLICK HERE – West Host Datacentre Outage & Data Loss this incident caused hundreds of thousands of email accounts and websites to go offline and some data including the back ups were irrecoverably lost.

There have been various other incidents in both commercial banking datacentres, smaller comms rooms and most recently at Glasgow City Council outage through a reported “Shockwave” vibration from an accidental suppression release CLICK HERE – Shockwave Datacentre Outage at Glasgow City Council possibly through false detection possibly caused by a failed AC unit setting off detection and then releasing an inert suppression system.

With these enormous risks why are so many clients NOT taking the evasive action that is available? By simply upgrading detection to robust false alarm immune detection but more importantly adopting “Silent Extinguishing” and yes in an ideal world this would be at the point of a new installation but it is also easily implemented retrospectively and doesn’t involve replacing the system. Possibly simply replacing the nozzles and reviewing sounder coverage and by engaging with Senseco Systems and installing the Silent Nozzle. As we have done already for our client “Doosan Power” after they also suffered a system outage see the case study CLICK HERE – Senseco Case Study – Doosan Power

The risk is simply noise, there has been significant tests and white papers produced to prove the risk and these are best explained by our product manufacturing partner Siemens in the recent version “Silent Extinguishing – White Paper Rev Sept 2015” (Copy Available Upon Request). The issue surrounding the noise emitted from both sounders and more so the gas suppression nozzles are confirmed as the issue. This video explains the easy rectification. We can and have retrofitted these nozzles onto existing suppression systems of various agents, you do not have to replace the system.

We will also have the physical silent nozzle sample for you to examine and will offer our support in assisting you in protecting your business critical environment please email us at [email protected] for the details of our “Innovation Event” are available, a 2 hour innovation event in Covent Garden on 11th May 2016. (Strictly Invitation Only)

We are expecting this event to be oversubscribed and so please enquire and we will advise of availability – The event is strictly for system owners and specifiers.

If you would like to find out more about this risk and attend our next seminar where we will provide the facts regarding the risk, the test data collated and allow us to explain how straightforward it is likely to be to protect your existing data assets.  We can also help you design your next generation of suppression systems to guarantee false alarm immunity and protect the assets from the risk of noise in a datacentre.

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