Data is more critical and more abundant now than at any other time in human history. Huge facilities are being built around the world to house the millions of servers needed to store it all. In protecting these facilities, billions of dollars are at stake, not to mention the contents of your email inbox.
The “In a Flash” section of the September/October issue of NFPA Journal looks at the new research just conducted by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, Hughes Associates and FM Global to determine the best locations to place smoke detectors to protect these critical data centers. The high-airflows inside the centers help cool the machines, but make the task of detecting smoke especially challenging. The finished report, “Validation of Modeling Tools for Detection Design in High Airflow Environments,” will help technical committee members for NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code; NFPA 75, Fire Protection of Informational Technology Equipment; and NFPA 76, Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities, with guidance as they consider revisions for the next editions.
“In a Flash” also contains an article on the newly announced DiNenno Prize, named after the late Philip J. DiNenno, the former CEO of Hughes Associates and a longtime NFPA Standards Council leader. The award, described by some as “The Nobel Prize of Fire Protection,” comes with a cash prize of about $50,000. The first DiNenno Prize will be awarded at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago.
In addition, the Firewise Community of Chiliwist, Washington was recently at the center of the worst wildfire in the history of Washington state. Hear from local Firewise champion Peggy Noble about the community’s experience with fire and its resilience.
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