Data Centre Fires: The Hidden Killer

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We live in an age of immediacy where world-wide data can be accessed with just the click of a button. Bank accounts, personal details, patient records, business finances; all stored and accessible when required, but just imagine the consequences should a piece of this puzzle become lost…even if only for an hour…

Last year, Colt’s Milan data centre suffered a power outage when the northern Italian city reached a temperature of 36C. Colt runs 22 carrier-neutral data centres across Europe, including a large majority of financial firms. In this case, the cooling systems were unable to maintain the required temperature in the data centre and this resulted in overheated power units giving off visible smoke.

Similarly in April, Three UK mobile suffered from the effects of overheating when an electrical fault disrupted one of the network’s data centres in Ireland. Up to 2 million of Three UK customers were suddenly unable to make calls, send or receive text messages or access the internet.

How does this affect you?

data centreConsider how a disruption in data retrieval would cost your business:

How many people would it affect?

How would it affect them?

Does your company take a financial hit as a result?

Are your customers left doubting your reliability as a business?


Designing a Fire Suppression System to prevent disastrous outcomes should be a high priority, especially when a small disruption can cause catastrophic issues for the business, its staff and valued customers.

But simply having a fire suppression system in place is not always enough.

In December last year, Glasgow City Council struggled to restore their IT services after their IT equipment was impaired due to a failure in the air-conditioning unit which lead to their fire suppression being falsely activated. An appropriately designed fire suppression system could have ensured that the equipment would not be damaged on discharge, but reports suggest that the suppression system in this case created a shockwave that provided enough vibration to damage the hard-drives in storage units. Staff at Glasgow City Council were left to suffer the effects of the loss of their computer systems and were forced to use manual systems. Here the system in place was clearly ineffective and caused more damage than it prevented.

BBC Fire Protection has designed and supplied successful and appropriate fire detection and suppression systems in various data centres across the UK including Aviva, Ryanair and Travis Perkins.

With over 35 years’ experience, accreditations, highly trained staff and having forged strong partnerships with the likes of Notifier Fire Systems, Siemens Cerberus Pro, Apollo Fire Detectors, Hochiki, Advanced Electronics, Xtralis, Baldwin Boxall, C-Tec and Fike Protection, we are able to design bespoke solutions to suit any environment.

With some of the most sophisticated fire detectors at our disposal, BBC Fire Protection can design systems that can prevent damage to your electrical equipment, loss of data and financial cost to your business.




If you would like to know more about the services we offer, a demonstration or more information about fire suppression systems within data centres, please Contact Us

Data Centre Fires: The Hidden Killer

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