Fire Suppression Systems are a means of extinguishing or preventing the spread of fire in a building. Most systems use a differentiation of wet and dry agents to address the issue posed by equipment, should the equipment catch fire. These serve as a means to control damage and to minimize loss of equipment. Data centers and office buildings need to be physically secure in order to ensure continuous business activity. If such dangers such as fires in the server / data center were to occur, business activity would be halted, personnel safety would be compromised, and the business would suffer trying to replace the lost data and equipment. They would be forced to enact backups and emergency offsite resources if the business even had these set up to begin with. Fire suppression systems aim to alert personnel ahead of time of danger as well as minimize the amount of damage created by fires. They also scale to meet the specific needs of the business be it a small server room or a large data center. Businesses must acknowledge the risk of fire and take proper precautions to prevent damage as well as weighing the risks they are willing to take in terms of having their business operations shut down momentarily.
History of Fire Suppression
The modern fire sprinkler systems has its roots as old as 1812. British architect William Congreve had the idea to combat potential fires in the Theatre Royal. The old model consisted of a pierced pipe which led to a container of water that was released in the event of a fire. Over the course of the years the model has been improved to what it is now today. Standards for fire suppression have evolved over the course of the years as well. When fire suppression systems first came out, they were only relegated to commercial buildings. In contemporary times, local building code in the US require buildings to have properly working fire sprinkler systems in place, even in some residential areas. As it became more commonplace for organizations to house sensittive equipment on premise, systems needed to adapt to the harder challenge of protecting said equipment.