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August 2018

Protecting Your Commercial Building: Common Types of Fire Suppression Systems

By | Data Centers, Emergency Preparedness

Protecting Your Commercial Building:

There are some great ways to protect a commercial building from harm, and one of those is reducing the risk of fire. To do that, the building needs a good fire suppression system. There are several different types, and understanding more about them can help make it easier to choose which one will be the best option. They all have their pros and cons, like anything else, so a building owner will want to take a look at them and choose the one that is going to provide the highest level of benefit. Here are the common types to choose from.

Water as a Suppression System

The most common suppression system is water, for a number of reasons. It is easy to get, cost effective, and valuable as a resource that will suppress most fires quickly and efficiently. It is also generally a safe option because it causes less damage than chemicals if it happens that the system springs a leak or the water ends up in places where it was not intended. The best way to use water for suppressing fires is through a sprinkler system, which can be automatic or manual.

The manual systems need to be activated by a person, while the automatic systems can be connected to a heat sensor, smoke alarm, or some other method of determining that a fire may be in progress. In short, water works well in most cases, and it is safe, easy to use, and less expensive. But there may be times where water does not work as well, and in those times it is important to have other options.

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Choosing Inert Gases for Fire Suppression

Inert gases are those that are basically safe and non-flammable. They work by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire. Since fires need oxygen to burn, the lack of oxygen in the air around the fire effectively suppresses that fire. There can be some danger to the release of inert gas, but when it is used the right way it is extremely safe and very effective. If water will cause a lot of damage in a particular area, such as a location full of electrical equipment, computers, or other sensitive items, inert gases can be the better choice.

A Chemical Agent Can Suppress Fires

Chemical agents , which can be either wet or dry, are also used in suppressing fires. Potassium carbonate is the most commonly used option for a wet chemical, but is not the only one. However, it is used because of its safety. It can also be used in baking, winemaking, and more, so it is a very safe choice for chemical fire suppression. Fire extinguishers generally use this chemical, and any company that is looking for a way to make fire suppression as safe as possible may want to look at this option as one of the choices for their commercial buildings.

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Which Option is the Right One for a Particular Building?

Finding the right option matters. In order to do that, the three common types of fire suppression have to be compared. Water is used most often and generally works well, but inert gas is a better choice for electronics and other sensitive equipment that could be damaged or destroyed if it gets wet. Potassium carbonate as a chemical agent is extremely safe, but it can cost more than water or inert gas, and may not always provide the protection needed. Inert gases are very safe when used properly, but can also post some risks.

With all of that in mind, the bottom line is that all three of these options are good ones depending on the location. They are very safe and effective, so commercial building owners should choose the one they feel best about based on the kind of industry they will have in their building.

Guest Post written by; Ryan Tollefsen


Improve Your Data Center Reliability And Performance With Benchmarking

By | Data Centers

In the age of the Internet of things or IoT, it had become more difficult to track and improve data center performance and reliability. However, a new tool promises to improve the performance of critical infrastructure. That tool is benchmarking. Here’s how benchmarking can potentially improve the performance of your data center equipment and much more.

A Myriad Of Businesses Already Use Benchmarking Already

Benchmarking is already used in a multitude of businesses, including finance and marketing. Even some activity and step trackers are benchmarking activity vs. rest, so they can maximize on improving the activity to rest ratio for their users.

How Can Benchmarking Help Your Data Center Equipment?

A similar type of benchmarking is being introduced to track data center infrastructure, which includes UPSs and cooling equipment. This is revolutionary because it could not only save money, but it could prevent incidents rather than alert you when they’re happening. Newer equipment will be enabled to collect performance data and communicate with a cloud-based, centralized platform. It would then employ IoT technology on a vast scale to create a large collection of data. This would allow you to gain more insight on how and when a piece of equipment functions at its peak or when it needs servicing, possibly even before it shows any outward signs.

It promises to be delivered as a part of a large-scale digital service offering; meaning your company would be offered real-time visibility, resolution times and alarming. This would lower the costs associated with DSCIM systems and shorten resolution times.

What Benchmarking Needs To Succeed

In short, benchmarking requires a lot of data and the appropriate data, so that it can be accurately compared. It also requires a tremendous amount of scientific expertise. Imagine, in order to have an accurate read, thousands of pieces of data center equipment need to generate hundreds of millions of data points per day. However, what the analysis data points will offer is accurate predictions of data center equipment behavior that can save companies a lot of time and money.

Critical Power, The Data Center Equipment Company That’s Ahead Of The Curve

Critical Power Products and Services is an innovator in the data center industry. We pride ourselves on old-fashioned customer service, and the up-to-date, ahead of the curve technology that keeps our customers on the cutting edge. Contact us for more information on how we can help your business rise above the rest.

The Final Countdown: 4 Steps To A Seamless Data Center Demolition

By | Critical Power Products & Services, Equipment Disposal, Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycle Equipment

Is your company migrating to a cloud? Are you consolidating? Are you relocating or collocating? Either way, you’ll need to start the process of eliminating obsolete and unneeded equipment from your current data center. This begins with an IT asset disposition or ITAD plan. Making an ITAD plan can help you to responsibly dispose of or recycle the data center equipment you don’t need.

Managing Your ITAD Plan

Data center demolition requires a detailed ITAD plan, whether you’re completely overhauling your system, or just consolidating for efficiency. Here are some helpful steps to planning your ITAD strategy.

1. Identify What You Need To Dispose Of And center pic for webiste

Here’s where it’s important to hire a company that offers proper disposal, recycling and data sanitation services. You need to reconfigure and consolidate to maintain efficiency, but you should never sacrifice security to do it.

2. Off-Site Or On-Site Data Wiping?

Your ITAD plan should involve data wiping, but should that data be wiped on-site or off-site? On-site data wiping is more expensive but allows you to oversee the process. Off-site is less costly, however, you cannot oversee the process, but you do receive verification. This decision all depends on how much you trust your data center demolition company and the sensitivity of the information your company stores.

3. Write Your Plan Down

Your ITAD strategy should be written and detailed. It should have a beginning, middle and most importantly, an end. Many times, if you haven’t planned your data center demolition, the process can drag on. This can cost precious time and money.

4. Find A Trusted ITAD Company That Can Take On Your Data Center Demolition

Finding an ITAD company you can trust for your data center demolition is fundamental. Make sure your ITAD company offers environmentally responsible practices, recycling, reselling of refurbished equipment (for you to sell, as well as buy) and a long history of excellent customer service. Remember, communication is key, so if they don’t have good customer service, it can be challenging to communicate your plan or voice your concerns.

Critical Power, The Data Center Demolition Company You Can Trust

Trust Critical Power Products and Services for all of your data center demolition needs. We’re happy to walk you through the ITAD process and review your goals and plans for decommissioning, demolition and reconfiguring your data center.

Data Center Equipment: How You Organize Is As Important As What You Organize

By | Data Centers

Does your business use direct cloud storage? Do you run your own data center? Alternatively, are you taking advantage of a colocation agreement? Regardless of your configuration, it’s important for all of your data center equipment to run smoothly and to avoid preventable accidents. Sometimes how you organize your equipment is as important as the equipment you have. Here are some helpful tips on how to organize your data center equipment.

Organize By Temperature

Different servers and mainframes need different temperature-controlled areas and airflow. One way to make sure you have the right airflow and temperature is to use wire shelving to arrange your data center equipment by their individual cooling and airflow needs. Wire shelving works well because it allows nearly 360 degrees of airflow, which is essential to keeping high-capacity equipment cool. They allow you to arrange each piece of equipment in the direction it needs to be for proper airflow. They also ensure certain equipment stays separate from others.

Plan For A Quarantine Area

Use corrosion and static resistant plastic shelving to create a quarantined area outside of your data center. This allows you to unpack things that can’t be brought into the data center or assess where an item should go, without data center 2introducing to it the data center immediately. This area must be kept clean at all times, which is another reason why plastic shelving is a good idea. Using NSF certified plastic shelving helps even more because it guarantees your ability to keep the area sanitary.

Manage Your Cables

We know, cables seem like such a small thing, but disorganized, unruly cables can detract from the airflow in your data center. They can also be just plain hazardous. If you’re unable to find which cable attaches to which equipment, it’s hard to prevent or de-escalate overheating issues. It also makes it hard to pinpoint faulty or failing cables. Using color-coded zip ties can help to organize your cords. You can also “trunk” your cables. “Trunking” is precisely what it sounds like, you organize your cables by putting them in color-coded rubber sleeves, or trunks.  

Airflow Issues Are Just As Likely As Security Breeches

Security needs to be inspected regularly, but so does airflow. Airflow Issues are just as likely as security breaches or 

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intrusions, if not more likely. Having secured lockers and a security partition can help to maintain airflow and

 maximum security. Develop a system where you both test the security and airflow because an overlooked issue is alsoan expensive one.

Critical Power Has The Know-How To Help With All Of Your Data Center Equipment Needs

Critical Power Products And Services offers their customers decades of combined data center experience. They can guide you through the process of purchasing, organizing and securing your data center equipment. Contact us today!