fire suppression

Anyone who has overseen a data center for very long knows the frustration of trying to comply with complicated fire suppression codes without breaking the bank. As laws change and evolve, it’s hard to keep things straight, especially when you’re dealing with facilities that may have been designed decades ago. The balancing act between keeping in compliance and keeping costs low is a delicate one. 

Additionally, you may have quite a few questions about data center fire suppression, such as: 

  • Am I using the wrong type of fire suppression? 
  • Do I need to retrofit my server room? 
  • How do I protect my IT equipment from water damage in the event of a fire? 
  • Even if my colo provides fire suppression, what else should I do to protect my equipment? 

The truth is, using incorrect fire suppression methods might be as bad as having none at all. It’s important to use the correct types of chemical extinguishers in order to avoid destroying circuit boards, for instance. As for retrofitting, we’re happy to evaluate older systems to make sure you’re up to code — and most importantly — that your equipment is protected in the event of a fire. 

Instor can also install leak detection systems that will immediately alert you to any issues — the ultimate way to take a preventative approach. If upgrades are needed to your system, we’ll suggest those, as well. And, believe it or not, you can meet fire regulations without compromising the goals of your business, but you’ll do well to work with a team of professionals experienced in retrofitting and upgrading fire suppression systems. 

When you work with Instor, you’ll protect your people, your property and your PUE. Our fire suppression solutions are tailored to the needs of your organization and your data center. We’re not talking about a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather a custom solution or set of solutions specific to your facility. 

Whatever your data center needs are, we can help. We’ve compiled a list of common data center fire suppression questions and answers. We invite you to read through them and let us know if we can help. Learn more about data center fire suppression solutions here.