The high value and sensitivity of the electronic equipment found in modern data centers, combined with the consequences of system interruption, makes fire protection a critical component of any data center risk assessment.
Clean agent systems employ a combination of rapid detection and rapid agent discharge, providing extinguishment of fires in their incipient stage, significantly reducing asset damage due to thermal effects or fire combustion products, allowing facilities to quickly return to service after a fire event. Further, clean agents do not leave corrosive or abrasive residues following their use, eliminating the cost and need for cleanup as well as the potential for longer term equipment operational issues. A gaseous clean agent penetrates into hidden or obscured areas and densely packed cabinets and racks. Consequently, clean agent systems are ideally suited as the first line of defense to protect electronic equipment in mission critical facilities.