12 Jan 2017

12 Jan 2017

Is your Data Center or Telecom Closet Performing a Rain Dance?

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Category: backup, business continuity, colocation, computer room, computer room fire protection, disaster recovery

A friend’s Broadcast Operations Center got taken down because they had a water main break that flooded their supporting server room. Water can take unexpected paths in a building, and can travel along cables and trays so it’s important to fire-stop portals into IT rooms. However, a water main break can overwhelm a large area of a building. Drip pans with leak detection should be placed under water lines especially under joints. AquaTray or another capture-and-divert water system should be used over mission critical equipment. Hermetically sealed rooms can be built for infrastructure that can never go down. Figured I’d share to hopefully help some of my other friends and colleagues prevent a catastrophe.

Hermetically Sealed Server Room