FSSA White Papers

Fire Safety Systems Protecting Data Centers
Effect of Sound Waves on Data Storage Devices - March 2019

Fires in data centers occur and can result in loss of information, property, and life. A recent survey of FSSA members who install fire extinguishing systems in data centers indicated that hundreds of fires had been successfully extinguished by gaseous clean agent systems in data centers. In 2018, a fire occurred in a data center at a large university on the East Coast of the United States. The installed clean agent system extinguished the fire quickly and no data loss occurred. The campus fire chief related that the information contained on those servers represented years of research for the University and was in his words “priceless.” Although fires in data centers are not “common,” cases like this where an automatic gaseous agent fire system extinguishes a fire with no loss of data are the rule when clean agent systems are deployed.

Several types of fire safety systems are used in data centers.  Click here to read the full White Paper on the Effect of Sound Waves on Data Storage Devices.


UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and Other Developments - March 2010
Excerpts provided by David Stirpe, Director, The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Responsibility

 
As reported in a previous FSSA white paper, the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference was held in December 2009.  The intent of this meeting was to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, including the commitments by major developing countries to begin emission reduction efforts.  The conference also addressed de-linkage of some of the major developing countries, most notably China, from the "pay to play" diplomacy model.  By that we mean in order to participate in future climate change agreements that are legally binding, large carbon emitters in developing countries, such as China and India, expect financial incentives to be paid by developing countries, primarily the United States. Click here to read the full white paper.