lose an average of US$7,900 per minute when their data centers go down.
With fire being one of the most feared causes of outage, FM Global in
partnership with the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire
Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) recently conducted more than 100
experiments to understand and develop solutions to prevent this costly
This research will be used
to determine the optimal placement of smoke detectors in data centers in
order to detect fires at the earliest possible moment. Until now, smoke
detector placement has been educated guesswork.
year, data center fires at client facilities resulted in average losses
of US$17 million," said Dr. Louis Gritzo, vice president, manager of
research for FM Global. "Our belief is that the majority of loss is
preventable through engineering and research."
live fire testing took place inside a full-size mock data center built
at the FM Global Research Campus. Researchers mapped data center airand
smoke-flow patterns and applied the knowledge to improve computer models
for locating smoke detectors within data center facilities. The
research will inform FM Global's property loss prevention engineering
guidelines and NFPA's consensus standards.
The complete scientific research findings are available in a downloadable technical report at www.fmglobal.com/researchreports. A video illustrating the project can be viewed on YouTube.