Infrastructure Faqs - Disaster Prevention

What type of fire detection is in place?

MaximumASP utilizes the Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) to sniff the air within the data center zone in which the unit is deployed. Using a set of tubes to pull air from nozzles within the space, the VESDA system uses aspiration to sample the air for early warnings of an impending fire.

The sensitivity of the VESDA systems allows multiple levels of alert to be sent to the data center staff based on the severity of the detected threat. This tiered system allows the staff to make a visual inspection in low-threat situations, make a manual deployment of the fire suppression in mid-level threats when deemed necessary, or trigger an automatic deployment of the suppression agent in a high-threat detection.

If a fire does occur, what measures have been taken to minimize the damage?

Our datacenter is partitioned into 2,500 SQ FT rooms in a zoned approach. This is to insure if a fire is started in one zone no other zones are effected and the fire can be contained to the single zone. Due to the added cost and complexity of zoning distributed cooling, power, and suppression systems, very few datacenters are designed with this extra measure of safety.

Each zone has its own separate FE25 clean agent fire suppression system for continuous operation of non-effected equipment in the event of a fire. This fire suppression system is fully managed and maintained by one of the best fire suppression companies in the world, one of the first companies to obtain their ISO-9001 certification.

  • Fully managed state-of-the-art fire suppression system
  • Managing company is ISO-9001 certified
  • Fully isolated 2,500 SQ FT fire suppression zones
  • The latest fire suppression technology using FE-25

How do you handle power related issues?

Equipment within the data center is provided with conditioned electrical power via two redundant 625Kva Liebert UPS systems. These UPS's provide both active power conditioning to control voltage sags and spikes, and emergency power in the event of a loss of utility power. These units are a critical component of the always-on power supply to your equipment as they provide power during the interval between loss of utility power and the firing and synchronization of the diesel generator.

Self-power is provided to the data center in the event of a utility outage through the use of a two megawatt diesel generator and Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS). The generator selected for emergency power needs has been sized with future growth in mind and easily provides ongoing emergency power through the use of a 4,500 gallon base fuel tank and a standby refueling contract. With sixteen cylinders, four turbochargers, and weighing in at 58,000 pounds, this is a very capable source of backup power. To ensure that the generator is always ready for immediate service, a preset test-firing sequence is executed once each calendar month.

How do you keep everything running at an optimal temperature?

Our data center uses a Liebert cooling system that utilizes four 30 ton air handlers in each 2,500 square foot data center zone, each with redundant compressor units and integrated humidity controls. These internal units are supplied by three 50 horsepower coolant pumps pushing supply and return fluids to three external cooling towers. This system provides excellent redundancy, scalability, and environmental management.