There was a time when protecting information was a lot simpler. Files (mostly paper) were easily stored in basic reinforced concrete vault systems. Increasingly, most of today’s vital corporate information is stored in electronic format. While these formats make the storage of operational and archival information much more compact and efficient, most storage media are extremely fragile. They require precise levels of environmental control when stored. In fact, when exposed to extreme heat, those same concrete vaults that once protected paper files will create steam, destroying any magnetic or digital data.
Today, protecting and easily retrieving critical information assets are absolute requirements for businesses to survive, despite the odds in today’s marketplace. According to recent statistics, 71% of companies whose data processing facility is destroyed by fire or other disasters never recover from the loss, or fail within three years.
FIRELOCK® vault systems are specifically-designed to protect magnetic media and other electronic storage systems by securing the vault chamber environment and preventing excessive temperatures from jeopardizing the integrity of the media being stored. FIRELOCK® vaults are engineered to address the challenges presented by today’s technologies, corporate facilities, and ways of doing business.
FIRELOCK® vaults are custom designed and components may vary by client need. Not all vaults will include all of the possible components shown in this schematic design.
- Class 125 Four-Hour Rated Vault Door
- Man Trap Staging Area
- Suppression System Abort Panel
- Annunciator Alarm Status Panel
- Biometric or Card Access Control Unit
- CCTV Surveillance
- Full Recovery Set — Transfer Cart
- Vapor Barrier/Magnetic Shielding
- High Density Slotted Media Storage
- Watershield Roof Deck
- Business Recovery Computers, Servers and Software Sets for Recovery Suite
- Environmental/Alarm Monitoring
- 3M™ Novec 1230™ Fire Suppression
- Secure Transit Containers
- Insta-Recovery Sets
- Digital media breaks down in 5 to 8 years if not protected properly.
- Concrete vaults destroy digital media when high temperatures force steam into the vault chamber.
Unfortunately, these issues are compounded by the fact that even businesses that understand the need to protect their data mistakenly assume that concrete vaults that protect paper documents will also protect digital media. This just is not the case. In a fire, a concrete vault will fill with steam as a result of the breakdown in the cement bond in the concrete, meaning the atmosphere inside of the vault will reach 212°F and 100% relative humidity. While such conditions may be acceptable for paper, digital media is damaged at temperatures greater than 125°F and relative humidity above 80%.