8 Solutions offer independent consultancy services on data centre contamination management and control in four main areas:
Initial design phase:
8 Solutions work with project architects and ‘Fit Out’ teams, advising on how best to design a data centre which minimises the introduction of contamination in to the technical environment.
Working with construction companies and sub contractors, 8 Solutions provide advice (and delivery if required) of best practice throughout the construction of the data centre, ensuring all requirements are met at handover/practical completion.
Live Data Centres:
We can advise on how to maintain an operationally live data centre to ensure contamination is minimised and also deliver contamination management and deep cleaning services, ensuring the data centre is proactively monitored, measured and managed.
Environmental Assessment and Testing:
Dust ‘contamination’ is an insidious beast. Its official definition is ‘tiny particles of earth or waste matter lying on the ground, on surfaces, or in the air.’ Wherever it is found, it can cause untold damage to sensitive equipment, especially within a critical facility. But where do dust and other potentially damaging contaminants come from? How can their sources be identified? And how can the environment in which a critical facility is built impact on the amount – and the type – of contaminants that are generated?
8 Solutions provide an in depth critical facility assessment service which involves a site audit, sample collection and gathering (using specific methods dependent on type of analysis), independent lab analysis using the latest and most efficient methods for determining the composition of a sample such as XRF or SEM followed by recommendations, proposals and quotations together with a detailed programme and plan for any remediation works.
Uncovering and discovering sources of contamination is a challenge. It is not uncommon, for example, for a critical facility to believe that the contamination comes from one source, to find – after testing – that the contamination stems from another source altogether, and one that the management had never even considered.
Sometimes you are simply looking in the wrong place: contaminants that one might expect to be found in the air conditioning ducting, for example, may not be there, but not because the source of contamination is wrong, but rather that the contaminants have already dispersed.
So-called ‘unexplained contamination’ requires a better understanding of the environment, and intelligent analysis of the data presented. By taking away samples and testing them in an independent laboratory, the mystery of the ‘unexplained’ can invariably be explained, and the impact of contaminants properly measured. Technical cleaning of course has its place; but technical cleaning without recognising and understanding the source of contamination, is effectively throwing good money after bad.