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    Downtime is Not an Option, U.S. Government Data Center Chooses Novec 1230 Fluid

    September 15, 2015
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    • Every day, the U.S. Government processes some 75 million transactions, affecting the tax payments and benefits of over 200 million Americans. Any downtime, even for a few minutes, can have serious and far-reaching consequences. That’s why 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid was chosen to protect its new, state-of-the-art support center.

      A U.S. federal agency expects its new 300,000 square-foot support center, like other data centers, to perform reliably, all the time, without interruption because if it goes down, the effects can be catastrophic. Just minutes of downtime can interrupt the transactions that millions of Americans rely on.

      For Continuous Operation

      Clean agents like 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid (PDF, 1.37 MB) are widely used in mission-critical facilities such as data centers because, unlike water or dry chemicals, they do not damage sensitive electronic equipment, data storage media or paper documents. Novec 1230 fluid is nonconductive and evaporates cleanly, without leaving a residue. Systems using Novec 1230 fluid are designed to extinguish fires while they are still small, helping to prevent their spread, typically allowing the facility to remain in continuous operation, even during a fire event.

      For a Sustainable Future

      Although transaction continuity was a key concern for this U.S. federal agency, they also wanted to ensure that the new facility lived up to the federal government’s pledge to reduce its environmental impact by using environmentally sustainable products. And in this regard, all clean agents are most definitely not alike.

      Novec 1230 fluid’s unique properties helped the fire suppression system’s designers meet all of the agency’s criteria – providing flexible system design and a large margin of safety for workers, while reducing the risk of damage to valuable. Additionally, the environmental properties of Novec 1230 fluid helped them meet the new Federal Green Challenge initiatives, while enabling them to install one of the largest total flooding clean agent systems in the world.

      Download the Novec 1230 Fluid Case Study (PDF, 15.57 KB) to learn all the reasons why Novec 1230 fluid was the most viable option for this U.S. federal agency’s new data center facility.

      HPC for Wall Street 2015 – Cloud and Big Data

      Meet the 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Team at HPC for Wall Street, booth #204, on September 21 in New York.

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