NorthC Datacenters is the largest regional data center business in the Netherlands. Marioff’s HI-FOG® fire suppression systems are chosen to protect their Groningen and Eindhoven sites from fire.
The facility at Groningen is a multi-tenant data center with customers across industries. One significant client is Overheids Datacenter (ODC) Noord, one of the four government data centers in the Netherlands, underscoring the need for uninterrupted operation. Groningen is a Tier 3 facility with 1,000 m² of space to protect. The facility is in a quickly developing digital ecosystem in the northern region of the Netherlands.
Business continuity at NorthC Groningen, as for all data centers, is paramount. Fire suppression in the facility is particularly challenging because of the need for the high airflow and high-power density.
NorthC Groningen ultimately chose Marioff HI-FOG as the fire suppression solution to protect their critical infrastructure through Marioff’s partner FireX with a complete suppression and detection system. HI-FOG discharges high pressure water mist that effectively suppresses, controls and cools fires. It uses less water than traditional sprinkler systems, minimizing water damage in the event of fire and reduces the possibility of a false discharge when compared to gas suppression.
NorthC Datacenters facility at Eindhoven is the first carbon-negative data center in the world that also holds a Tier 4 certification, the highest guarantee of reliability possible.
Eindhoven’s Tier 4 certification means that failure of their digital systems must be avoided at all costs. All systems and installations at the 1,200 m² facility must be redundant and separate.
This meant thinking through the fire protection plan from the ground up, while simultaneously meeting the fire suppression challenges of high airflow and power density presented by data centers. Finally, Eindhoven’s commitment to cradle-to-cradle sustainability principles meant accounting for water usage.
The fire safety concept for the facility was developed in collaboration with RHDHV and FireX. For Eindhoven, detection was made highly sensitive, with automatic and localized discharge to protect the data center’s business continuity — a tailor-made, premium fire protection solution for protecting the most critical data.