The Prevention of Back Drafts and Flashovers

Flashover is one of most dangerous situations a firefighter could encounter. A flashover is the result of a heat build-up which then escalates into an extremely rapid expansion of a fire. The triggering event of a flashover is that everything combustible in a room reaches its ignition temperature and suddenly erupts into flames. As a result, the temperature in a room will suddenly spike up to 1500+ degrees. A firefighter, even in full protective gear, will only survive this environment for maybe two seconds.

Therefore, critical to firefighting operations is the recognition, prevention, or delay of a flashover.

Since flashovers are caused by a buildup of heat, “venting” strategies are utilized to remove that heat buildup. This is why we all see pictures of firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a burning building, that hole “vents” the heat out of the structure and hopefully prevents a flashover situation.

The same types of preventive measures are critical to ensuring a successful Cloud deployment.

Many customers are considering “private cloud” deployments. The question to ask for that solution is “what happens when the “heat” in that private cloud environment builds up”?  Maybe there’s a spike in virtual machine demand or there’s an outage at the data center. How can new Cloud-based capabilities be utilized as “venting” strategy to relieve this “heat”?

One strategy that’s gaining traction within private cloud designs is the ability to “burst” from a private cloud environment into a public cloud infrastructure. This private-to-public bursting removes the “heat” buildup within the private cloud infrastructure and provides a hybrid private & public design that also grows “on demand” as end user demands fluctuate.

Bottom line: The debate in the cloud space should not be on Private vs Public cloud solutions.  Instead, the focus needs to be on the integration of hybrid private & public combined solutions.

Next Blog: “Applying new technology – fire fighting with hand grenades”

So what do you think? Do you see the hybrid solution working for you? Are you using more public vs. Private Cloud Computing or vice versa? What is your venting strategy? We’d love to hear your comments and reactions.
Tim Halpin Adoption and Utilization Cloud Services Director AT&T About Tim