The devil is in the detail when it comes to de-risking data centres

fire data centre

Sharp Group adopts a forensic approach to protecting the sector.

In addition to the physical risks posed to staff, a spark in one of the technological tinder boxes that make the digital world tick can disrupt the lives and livelihoods of millions.

Increasingly relied on to support essential business, economic and social activities, data centre operators can ill-afford to see their ability to operate seamlessly go up in smoke.

Every second of unscheduled downtime can potentially result in tens of thousands of pounds of lost revenue and perhaps worse still are the long-term losses associated with a blackened reputation.

Customers – be they governments, banks or gaming companies – place high demands on those tasked with overseeing their digital real estate end and, in an extremely competitive market, expect an enduring service.

A failure to preserve performance or, in the event of accidental damage, recover quickly is therefore a recipe for smouldering resentment from clients and an efficient means of extinguishing profits.

Given the unthinkable fallout of a blaze, prevention is truly better than the cure when it comes to fire safety, which is why the Sharp Group represents an insurance policy that pays out daily.

The Dublin-based fire and security specialist is already charged with preserving the resilience and effectiveness of eight major facilities in Ireland and has an unblemished record of delivering protection and – in turn – peace of mind to its data centre clients.

From providing a proverbial fire blanket in the form of state-of-the-art detection and suppression systems with which to smother any potential risks and minimise the impact in the event of ignition to simply supplying fire extinguishers or training data centre staff on how to be vigilant, the Sharp Group tailors its expertise to meet the needs of its customers.

A proficient fire guard, the company is well-versed in the latest technologies, standards and regulations and has pioneered the use of next generation preventative and reactive measures.

And while it is at ease with installing fire shutters and integrating flame, smoke and heat detectors with existing building management and CCTV systems, the Sharp Group’s greatest asset is the quality of its people.

Boasting high retention rates in an industry renowned for a rapid turnover of staff, including individuals who have been with the company since its formation in 1999, the collective experience of the firm’s personnel is second-to-none ad brings a wealth of knowledge to every job.

Experts in their field, these teams are adept at evaluating and mitigating risks no matter when and where they are engaged. Whether called upon in a consultancy capacity to inform the design of safety systems prior to a build, to assess and advise on maintenance processes or as a single service provider trusted to oversee all fire and security operations, they represent a platinum standard solution.

The devil is in the detail when it comes to de-risking data centres and the Sharp Group adopts a forensic approach to protecting the sector, working with operators to ensure their fire systems and business continuity protocols are perfectly tailored to prevent needless disruption from false alarms and preservation of life in the event of a real one.

Inviting the Sharp Group’s eyes to scan your operations – from perimeter to rack – is a proven means of protecting your reputation and bottom line from being burned by fire.