Many companies rely on sprinklers as the only fire protection for their data centre, as opposed to a Fire Gas Suppression System. The shortcomings of this strategy are numerous: Fire Sprinkler Systems protect the building structure, not the assets housed in it. Sprinklers need significant heat to operate, requiring a full flaming fire, destroying assets (i.e., computers and other electronic equipment) at the source of the fire.
A data centre fire protection strategy is an essential part of owning any business. Data centres use electronic equipment to manipulate large amounts of information, often fed into the system from paper (payments, orders) and printed onto paper (invoices, statements). Whatever your business, your data processing is essential to your business operation and critical to your business’s objectives.
Despite the low rates of fires in data processing facilities, the risk remains as computers become faster and are requiring more energy, thus generating more heat. High volume paper handling creates its own fire hazard. Uninterrupted power systems and their storage batteries pose an additional fire risk.
Assets surrounding the fire suffer collateral damage from water and smoke, with smoke contamination often destroying the other nearby electronic equipment. The cost of business interruption, including software recovery and clean up, is frequently significantly more than the cost of the asset destroyed in the fire. Torvac Solutions can design a specific Data Centre Fire Gas Suppression System or integrate a solution with your existing sprinkler protection system.
Torvac Solutions is an authorised installer and distributor of ANSUL Fire Gas Suppression Systems, the world’s leading fire protection brand. The ANSUL product series is shaping the future of fire protection in Data Centres, Server Rooms and wherever irreplaceable items are stored.
The SAPPHIRE suppression system uses 3M Novec 1230 fluid at increased container pressures, offers greater design flexibility due to longer pipe runs, provides selector valves for multi-sector arrangements, and offers higher fill ratios that allow for cost-efficient system designs.
SAPPHIRE PLUS System Applications: Data Centres, Medical Facilities, Museums, Oil and Gas Facilities, Electrical Switching Rooms, Machinery Spaces and more. Learn More
The ANSUL SAPPHIRE COMPACT Direct Low Pressure (DLP) Fixed Fire Suppression System has been specifically designed to protect small electrical enclosures. A self-contained system, it requires no power for either detection or operation and protects enclosures that use either natural ventilation or forced airflow. Learn More
The SAPPHIRE Clean Agent System quickly suppresses fires and protects sensitive equipment without causing harm to people or the environment. The system is especially suited to suppress fires in areas where an electrically non-conductive medium is required, where electronic systems cannot be shut down in an emergency, where cleanup of other agents poses a problem, and in normally occupied areas that demand a non-toxic agent. Learn More
Using innovative iFLOW delivery technology, the INERGEN® 300-Bar Clean-Agent Fire Gas Suppression System provides a regulated agent discharge into the protected hazard area.
INERGEN 300 Bar with iFlow Technology Applications: Data Centres, Museums, Libraries, Galleries, Electrical Switching Rooms, Machinery Spaces and more. Learn more
The INERGEN 200 Bar System protects enclosed areas where people may be present and where damage from conventional agents cannot be tolerated. Upon discharge, INERGEN agent fills the room, mixing with the air to suppress fires quickly and effectively. An inert gas mixture, the agent is safe for people and poses no threat to the environment. Learn More
INERGEN clean agent is non-toxic to humans and will not damage valuable assets. It is suited for suppressing fires in hazards where an electrically non-conductive medium is essential or desirable, where clean-up of other agents presents problems, or where the hazard is a workplace that requires a non-toxic agent. INERGEN Fire Gas Suppression systems are ideally suited to protecting properties with sensitive or precious assets such as data facilities, historical archives, libraries, museums, and galleries. Learn More
Torvac is committed to providing high quality, state-of-the art fire protection solutions. We constantly seek out new innovative ideas and research. If you would like to know more about the Protection of Data Centres please download and read the Research paper by British academic Dr T R Nichols, CPhys MIFireE
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