Raised Floors

Grant Taylor cctalk at gtaylor.tnetconsulting.net
Wed May 22 10:41:31 CDT 2019

On 5/22/19 9:08 AM, Patrick Finnegan via cctalk wrote:
> Purdue's insurer REQUIRES fire sprinklers in data centers.

Both of the data centers / raised floors in my office have fire 
sprinklers.  I don't know if they lines are charged or dry.  (I'll inquire.)

The local fire department does a walk through spot check quarterly (if 
not more frequent b/c we give them lunch in our cafeteria) and annual 
full inspection of the fire detection and suppression system.

I also know for a fact that the DCs do have plumbing under the raised 
floor because I've heard talk about an automatic drain flush system that 
was historically used.  (I'm not sure it's used any more.)  I've also 
heard the maintenance crew talk about taking five gallon buckets of 
water into the DC to manually flush drains.

I've also heard of not infrequent stories of condensation from 
(overhead) air ducts dripping in the DC.

There's also the occasional leak during a heavy storm where non-trivial 
amounts of water come in through said duct work.

I've got a different horror story from a job 20 years ago where water 
would seep through the sidewalk onto an old IBM mainframe.  They kept 
plastic up most of the time and had drip trays with drain connections 
that sat on top of equipment.

Grant. . . .
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