Step-by-Step: Build a Data Center

Fire protection is not solely about IT assets;
additional protection must be evaluated
to avoid unnecessary costs.
  • The number one consideration when evaluating fire protection options is life safety in the data center. It is mandated by law and non-negotiable.
  • While clean agents can be very effective in suppressing fire and protecting property, they are also expensive to install and maintain and, may be toxic.
  • Refer to the ITA Premium research note, “Fire Protection: Only YOU Can Prevent Data Center Fires” for more detailed guidance.
  • Under NFPA 75 a data center must have a sprinkler system, detection and alarm systems, emergency power-off, and portable fire extinguishers.
Non-Mandatory Solutions: Risk and Cost of Downtime
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