Solutions for Fireproof Servers

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Solutions for Fireproof Servers
Protecting your servers from fire and water damage is crucial to your disaster recovery plan. (rackmount server farm datacenter image by Adryn from Fotolia.com)

The amount of data that is stored on a typical company's server can be massive. Losing this information cannot only cause severe productivity and communication delays, but may result in fines for companies with compliancy regulations. Backing up the stored data on a consistent basis is critical, as is protecting the servers from fire and water damage.

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Fire Proof Server Racks

Most servers are stored in racks that can be made to offer fire protection. Different manufactures produce fireproof racks and are rated on how long the racks can resist fire. Typical fireproof racks protect servers from fires from 2 to 4 hours. The longer the rated protection, the more costly the rack will be.

Fireproof Cabinets

The next level of fire protection is to store your servers in fireproof cabinets. These cabinets come in many sizes and usually include space for a server rack as well as stand-alone servers. Like fireproof server racks, cabinets are rated on how long they can protect your servers from fire. Cabinets provide a higher level of protection and involve a higher cost.

Fire Suppression Rooms

The most expensive option is to have a fire suppression room designed and built to house your servers. These sealed rooms can quickly and efficiently put out a server-room fire while protecting the servers themselves from water damage. These rooms usually include an automatic power shutdown process to further protect the data stored on your servers. Although expensive, these rooms provide the highest level of fire protection for your servers.

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