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An earthquake can wreak havoc on hardware in a data center or server room, which is why it is crucial to have computer racks and enclosures that comply with industry standards that address earthquakes. In general, there are two standards you'll read about when it comes to seismic rated computer racks: Telcordia Technologies GR-63-CORE Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) requirements and the International Building Code (IBC). More often than not, the former will used for certification but both address earthquake protection.
In order to achieve GR-63-CORE NEBS certification, a manufacturer must submit an application to a third-party certifier. This third-party will test the computer rack loaded at full capacity using a shaker table to simulate an earthquake. It can be tested for different zones to determine the level of earthquake it can withstand. Zone 4 is the most intense level and reserved for areas where there is heavy seismic activity. Additionally, Zone 4 is the most stringent certification process.
If your data center is in need of earthquake protection to stay running, no matter the circumstances, Gaw Technology seismic server racks are Zone 4-certified for the highest level of protection. They can handle a 2,000 lb. load and are made of heavy-duty steel for extreme durability. Finally, our seismic computer racks are made in-house for added quality assurance.