Shake, Rattle and Roll: Earthquake-proofing your Data Center

Posted by Instor on Nov 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Base isolation technology is designed to let your equipment move safely and gently in the event of an earthquake, returning it to a resting position once the event is over. Here’s how it works.




Base Isolation Technology Can Save the Day … And Some Money

You don’t need to live along the Pacific Rim to be vulnerable to earthquakes. In fact, each year there are more than 1,500 shakers stronger than 5.0, with many of them coming in non-traditional zones such as Kansas and Oklahoma. Even states like Texas and Nevada see their share of quakes each year.

The point is, wherever your data center is located, it could experience an earthquake, and you need to be prepared for such a disaster which could lead to downtime, injuries to personnel and damage to equipment.

One of the best ways to mitigate against earthquake damage in the data center is to invest in technology designed to counter the effects of all that shaking. Base isolation technology, such as that developed by Worksafe Technologies in its ISO-Base™ platforms, is the perfect solution.

With ISO-Base, server racks and cabinets are placed on platforms that create an isolation between the ground contact points and the server racks or cabinets. They also absorb the shock during an earthquake. Due to the shock absorption, your servers are better protected from the earthquake vibrations.


How it Works

The base isolation platforms are designed for easy placement. There is no anchoring or drilling required. You can lift up your current racks and place the platforms underneath. Using a patented Ball-n-Cone™ design, two cones, each eight inches around, have ball bearings placed between them. While at rest, a data center equipment rack stays in position. Once an earthquake strikes, the upper load bearing plate is displaced. The ball bearing immediately supports the weight of the rack using the opposing slopes of the two cones, allowing the rack to steadily glide above the damaging ground vibrations in any direction within an 8 ½” diameter, while staying safely steady and undisturbed, on the top load bearing plate. Once the ground has stopped shaking, the ISO-Base uses gravity. The ball bearing rolls down the lower cone, allowing the server rack to gently glide the rack down between the slopes of the two cones, until the two load bearing plates return to resting position.

Want to see the power of base isolation protection in action? Watch this video of ISO-Base base isolation in action during a simulated earthquake.



Not sure if you need protection against seismic activity? Click here for a free earthquake analysis.


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