Dupont has announced a shortage of raw materials for the manufacture of FM200. While most companies simply store it, companies that have had a discharge due to fire may find an extraordinarily long lead time to refill their storage, or find an alternate solution to the system. FM200 has been the primary fire suppression since Halon was banned years ago. For those companies that have had a discharge of their system, it has been reported that there may be a several month lead time to have fire suppression recharged leaving those companies to rely on other methods for fire suppression in the interim.
While companies are in the process of “greening” data centers, fire suppression is likely to fall under the green umbrella as more environmentally friendly fire suppression methods are found. If you happen to be planning a new data center build, it is worthwhile to investigate other fire suppression methods that are more “green” and in great supply, or at least not as susceptible to raw materials.