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Place the network where it’s needed, in the environment that it needs to be in.
Every aspect of our data, information, and communication usage eventually has to run through, cables, switches, servers and storage devices – these components of connectivity, which are located in wire closets and computer rooms, are the nerve centers of the network.
These devices are not the sightless waves of electrons that penetrate our buildings and automobiles. These boxes of circuitry are screwed down; ganged locked and wired together and are susceptible to the forces of the physical world.
They need power and this creates heat; increase the power – increases the heat. Heat destroys the circuitry – no circuitry – no connectivity – everything stops!
Add fire, disgruntled employees, vandalism and physical attacks to the equipment raise the threat of lost continuity. Lost continuity creates lost productivity, lost productivity equals lost in revenue.
It has been proven that if the systems are not in the proper environment; it’s not if they will fail but when and how severe it will be.
Companies, utilities, institutions, governments and healthcare providers spend millions of dollars a year on information technology infrastructure for their data centers. The proper cooling, clean reliable power, connectivity, security and fire protection are all critical for maintaining the flow of information and reliability of the network.
Networks has extended into every faceted of an organization. Large organizations have wire closets, telecom rooms and remote locations all providing connectivity to the network.
In the past providing the proper balance of cooling and power along with fire protection has been rule out due to the costs. A dedicated air-conditioner and a fire suppression system for a 10’ x 10’ room costs $ 30,000.00 – $ 40,000.00. Add the time, efforts and cost of the staff – due to the permitting and installation process; makes it very difficult to cost justifies the expense. So, the risk of equipment failure and downtime runs tremendously high.
Security is another issue. Common practice is to lock the room – a higher level of security is a proximity card security device on the door. This may log who entered the room but it doesn’t track who accessed the equipment and monitoring of the environment; in the majority of sites this non-existence. When the room air conditioner fails there is no notification of the impending crisis.
Cumulus Cloud Chamber
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Smaller companies, organizations and remote sites that have migrated to the” cloud” for their information technology and communications are exceptionally vulnerable. It not unusual to find the PBX, switch(s) and servers in an open 19” rack burrowed away in the back of a storeroom or closet – out of site, out of mind – until it fails. When an event occurs; the total network and phone system goes down. With the lack of an information technology staff on the premise the downtime is extended. It is possible that the whole company will be “out of business” for days.
The cost effective solution is a Cloud Chamber.
The Cloud Chambers protects you from the 5 major physical threats:
The Threads, the Features and the Benefits:
The five major physical threats to your network are: Fire and Smoke damage, Heat, Power, Intrusion, Water damage.
Fire and Smoke Damage:
Fire doesn’t happen often; your organization invests in fire insurance, installs fire sprinkler system and has fire extinguishers located within reach – so it does happen.
Installing the proper fire suppression agent within the smaller computer rooms and wire closets has been cost prohibited, most organization hope for the best and excepts the sprinkler system to contain the fire – saving the building; not the network.
A few IT departments have installed rolls of plastic that can be pulled over the equipment if the sprinkler system is activated. The concept is that a technician runs into a room, where live electrical equipment resides and hundreds of gallons of water are being release, to stretch plastic over the cabinets – not a really good idea.
The Cloud Chambers are all equipped with a potassium base aerosol agent system that doesn’t only extinguish the fire but it leaves virtually no reside on you equipment.
The standard offering has a thermal activator. Set to release at 158º F. This level of protection will extinguish any fire within the chamber. Since electronic components will smolder before generating heat and with the air conditioner providing cooling it may take sometime to activate the suppression. The results may have the equipment around the effected hardware will be effected by smoke and heat.
We offer upgrades to smoke sensory activators: smoke particle sensory and VESDA apparatus units.
The benefit of the Cloud Chambers’ fire suppression system is that when a fire does happen, it’s contained. The NEMA 4 construction of the chamber confines the fire, smoke and the suppression.
Anyone who has installed and operates network knows what excessive heat does to the equipment. It will dramatically reduce the life span of the equipment. It will create faults, errors and downtime – costing the organization both in productivity and in service calls.
The Cloud Chambers have there own self contained air conditioners with condensation evaporation – no plumbing requires. Allowing the placement of the chambers where the connectivity is needed.
The chambers are constructed to accept 28 different models of air conditioners ranging from 2,000 BTUs (585 watts) to 24,000 BTUs (7 kW). The models are available in NEMA 4, 4X and 12. This range on models uniquely allows the Cloud Chambers to provide the proper cooling in any environment.
Lack of clean, consistent power is always a major threat to the operation and longevity of the network equipment. Uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) provides the benefits to even out the power while providing the necessary time that allows the equipment to gracefully shut down when a power failure occurs. Installing a UPS within the Cloud Chamber is highly recommended.
The chamber has its own power distribution system. Bring just two power feeds to the chamber: one for the equipment the other for the air conditioner, makes powering the units very simple. The equipment power feed is connected to a load center. There are separated breakers for the isolated grounded receptacles.
There are two major receptacles that are grounded, twist lock units (customer’s choice of configuration: 120v – 20 Amp or 30 Amp units.) These receptacles are monitored at the internal breaker level for activity. There are also two sets of 120v – 20Amp duplex receptacles.
The power standard power scenario provides ease of power attachment, monitoring and flexibility within the units.
Intrusion takes the form of unauthorized access, vandalism and thief of the network equipment. All three begins with unauthorized access.
Unauthorized access is common. It can range from a “local office expert” providing a hand in keeping the network up, to a disgruntle employee to straight out thief of the equipment.
If the network is in a locked room without a door sensor the threat that damage from an intrusion encounter is extremely high. Once passed the door, the equipment is vulnerable and the intruder has an extraordinary amount of time with the network.
A standard key lock on the server cabinet helps but if there is no alarms on it than it’s just a matter of time that the equipment will be comprised.
The Cloud Chambers has a standard three point compression locking system with a key lock handle. The standard configuration also has sensors on each opening that will send an alarm. This feature can also be programmed to log when and for how long the doors have been open.
Optional handle systems that include: electrical/ mechanical locks, HID card readers, keypad access and bio-metrics are available. These options can be connected to the existing building security system.
Water damage does happen. A school in Connecticut had a small fire in an old computer. The fire really didn’t do much damage – the sprinkler system did. It dropped 6,000 gallons of water into a new renovated wing of the school. Would 6,000 gallons near your network ruin your day?
Water damage from broken pipes, smashed windows and sprinkler systems has been reported for years. The Cloud Chambers have been designed to NEMA 4 specifications – the specification for the cabinets placed in outside environments, designed to prevent water from intruding into the chamber keeping the equipment safe and dry.
Let there be light.
The door open and a set of 5 – 12” LED light bars illuminate – located in the front and rear of the chamber, easing the difficulties of working on the network. The light automatically turns off when the doors are closed.
Place it where you need it.
The Chambers have six mounting blocks on the top of the unit and four on the bottom. This provides the attachment points if the unit needs to be hung from a wall, placed on a stand or installed on a turntable- for use in limited floor space applications. 6” caster sets are available for easy placement.
Extensive research went into developing the Cloud Chambers. All aspects: structural strength and construction, size and capacity, airflow, cooling, power, fire suppression, connectivity, security, monitoring and control, universal mounting and mobility have been explored. The cloud chambers’ integrates the preeminent features of each aspect, that when combined, delivers a Class A1 data center environment virtually anywhere: wire closets and telecom rooms, office environment, warehouses, shipboard, on a utility pole, cell tower, in a field or on the side of a wall.