Static electricity in data centres – The hidden failure mechanism
Everybody accepts that static electricity can and does destroy sensitive electronic components and microchips. Exactly what the impact is upon equipment within data centres is difficult to determine as few, if any, statistic seem to be published on the matter.
Equipment does fail however and static is a known failure mechanism and there are at least three known mechanisms for static build-up and discharge within a data centre. This makes the optimisation of the design to minimise this risk an obvious choice.
This paper discusses the problems caused by static electricity in the data centre and what can be done to prevent them.