An Internap colocation data center is equipped with best-practice fire detection and control systems — and gone to great lengths to ensure they never have to be engaged. Several preventive measures and policies help us mitigate the risk of fire and smoke events at our facilities.
- We prohibit the storage of combustible materials such as cardboard, flammable liquids and other hazardous materials in customer cages or cabinets. Combustible materials that must remain on site are maintained in a separate area designated for storage.
- Internap uses a combination of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems, batteries and transformers in all of our facilities to protect against electrical surges and sags that can spark fires.
- “Daisy chaining” of power strips or overloading circuits in any way is never allowed
- For fire suppression, we employ a pre-action dry pipe system that is zoned to deploy only in affected areas of the facility. A pressurization mechanism prevents the system from engaging accidentally.
- Most of our facilities are monitored with VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) systems. VESDA uses laser technology to detect particulate matter in the air that may indicate smoldering equipment. This is an industry best practice and considered to be more effective than standard smoke detection. However, the sensitivity of VESDA makes it unusable in facilities that rely on outside air exchangers for cooling, due to the possibility of outside particulate matter being drawn inside.
- Technical fire detection and suppression systems are reinforced with good old fashioned “walking the floor” by our professional team on a 24/7 basis, who use sight, sound and smell to detect potential problems at each colocation data center. Our philosophy is that if we continuously do our job well, fire suppression systems will be irrelevant.