Fire protection is a critical and obligatory part of server room design and planning. Because a fire can happen at any time, IT must be prepared to protect the server room with the necessary equipment. The fire protection system’s main goal should be to detect, alert and suppress the fire in the early stages. A small fire in critical facilities such as data processing centers, telecom switching rooms, airport control towers, clean rooms, laboratories and computer-controlled manufacturing operations can result in catastrophic loss by interrupting vital operations and damaging high-value equipment.
In these situations, it’s important that fires be knocked down quickly – before they have a chance to spread – and that sensitive electronics and other equipment not be damaged in the process of putting out the fire.