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Risks and reality
On Thu, 30 March 2000, Nathan Stratton wrote: > Sometimes there are not a lot of options. I work as a fire fighter and > built one of my datacenters on the 5th floor because I had no options. I > did make sure that it was marked out correctly because I know what it is > like going through a building on fire. So far I have never worked a CO > fire, but I am sure it is a mess. Bellcore had some good videotape of CO fires. But I wonder, do people talk to their insurance companies about the actual level of risk? If you look worldwide, it turns out the risk from fire in a datacenter is about the same as the risk of a terrorist attack. It sounds awful, until you look a little further and find out the occurance of either risk is very small. Factory Mutual labels risks less than 1 incident per 1,000,000 sq/ft of insured space as "low-risk." Fires in telecommunication and data centers are even rarer than 1 incident per 1,000,000 sq/ft. For the bored, the fires in telecommunications centers were extinguished by the following, in order: 1) extinguished by employees (49%) 2) extinguished by firefighters (45%) 3) extinguished by automatic fire suppression systems (6%) There are other risks which are more likely in telecommunications and data centers.