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Volcanic ash should not shut data centres on Iceland

The drift of ash spewing out of a volcano under a glacier in Iceland should not hinder securities firms and other enterprises from building data centres on Iceland, says Ronald H. Bowman, executive vice president at Tishman Technologies in New York who helps companies build data centres there. "Cooler heads prevail,'' in cases like this, Bowman said Thursday.

 

There is a certain "shock and awe" when ash grounds planes at major airports. But citing a data centre properly can avoid, literally, the fallout of seismic activity. Proper citing of a data centre mitigates the effects of ground shaking or particulates being thrust into the air. In the case of nuclear power plants, for instance, there is a "kill zone" of roughly 50 miles that a data centre manager would avoid locating. The same is true, basically, in the case of volcanoes. Even on Iceland, you can locate 50 miles away from known seismic activity. You also would avoid locating upwind. And beyond that, there are filters. For a 50,000-square-foot facility, the cost of filters capable of blocking particulates such as ash probably adds about $3.5 million to the cost.

 

Source: Information Management

 

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