Fire can occur in a data center by either mechanical failure, intentional arson, or by natural causes, though the most common sources of fires are from electrical systems or hardware. Whether fire is measured in its threat to human life, damage to equipment, or loss of business due to disruption of services, the costs of a fire can be staggering. The replacement cost for the devastation caused by a fire can number in the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.

A fire can create catastrophic effects on the operations of the room. A large-scale fire can damage electronic equipment and the building structure beyond repair. Contamination from smoke and cinder from a smoldering fire can also damage hardware and incur heavy costs in cosmetic ...

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