There is an infinite amount of information housed, shared, and stored throughout facilities globally. It’s transferred through and to data centers around the planet. When people send data and computing services into the cloud, they want confidence that it is available when needed.
Lightning strikes are not an uncommon event today and any electronic device that stands in its path would be damaged beyond use. And unfortunately, there is no exception for heavy-duty IT infrastructure such as data centers.
A lightning strike on a data center can have dramatic effects. Aside from the obvious risks of fire or injuries, it can wreck your equipment and lead to the destruction of your data. The most costly of them is “mean time between failures,” or the life expectancy of equipment, electronics, and wiring necessary to operate, which often is drastically reduced by such a surge as the current travels through the ground overwhelming everything in its path.
To soften the impact of a lightning strike on a data center and to prevent your facility from being affected by such a natural force; installing lightning protection systems at strategic points of your facility is an obvious and responsible solution. The role of our LPS is to prevent the formation of lightning within a protected area.
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Our Dissipation Array System (DAS) uses a Charge Transfer System (CTS) to help prevent direct lightning strikes by reducing the electric field to below lightning-collection levels within the protected area. As a result, DAS helps prevent downtime and loss of assets, while increasing safety. The CTS prevents a lightning strike from occurring within a protected zone. It collects the induced charge developed by thunderstorm clouds from a designated protected area of the earth and transfers this charge through an ionizer into the surrounding air.
Data center buildings are often spread out in large areas. LEC’s DAS is an effective way of protecting a vast zone with only a few devices: it's both cost-effective and secure.
Protecting the whole site is crucial, but you also have to think about the cables that are relying on your data center from the world. You should know that buried telecom cables are particularly sensitive to the indirect effect of lightning strikes and surges. Then, you also have to make sure that you have a way of backing up your power system and are equipped with a good surge protection system.
When it comes to the data center, the lightning protection stake is real and you have to take every precaution available to make sure that your facility is totally protected on the inside and the outside.
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