Studies have shown that 75% of Hardware failures are caused by dirt and dust. 80% of dust and dirt entering your critical area does so on soles of feet (Source: 3M).
Dust can cause irreversible harm to the data centre and its systems and introduce a major risk of fire hazard. Data centres need an effective strategy to prevent dust and particle contamination.
The traditional approach to reduce this contamination risk for data centre operators has been to use carpeted mats, but tests have shown this is ineffective in reducing dirt and dust being transferred into your IT room. Alternatives such as sticky/tacky mats which although effective initially have a limited life and can very quickly look unsightly therefore need to be replaced manually with regular checks to remain effective.
A number of data centre operators I have spoken to have nowinstalled a possiblesolution to this issue which prevents over 99% of dust and dirt entering their data halls which looks great and isguaranteed for 3 years.
Polymeric flooring material has traditionally been used in the pharmaceutical and microchip industry where a clean room environment is essential for production/quality control. However the substrate is ideal for today's data centre environment.
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