It is common knowledge that the Uptime Institute Tier Topology guideline only address the electrical and mechanical infrastructure of a data centre. Although these parts of the data centre infrastructure are critical, data centre owners/operators/end-users have come to learn that the Uptime Institute’s Tier guidelines are missing some fundamental elements for today’s business critical environments. More and more customers are challenging their Uptime Institute Tier certified data centre operators on why they have only gotten their power and cooling infrastructure reviewed and left out other key elements such as physical security, network infrastructure, fire safety, architecture etc.
Furthermore, Uptime Institute’s Tier guideline is not an official accredited standard and neither does it have an official accreditation scheme whereby audits conducted are having oversight from an accreditation body. Uptime conduct the Uptime Tier Topology assessment themselves and print their own certificates. This is an evident conflict of interest and bias which is prohibited by standard organisations such as ISO. Accredited standards under ISO have a clear definition to avoid conflict of interest by separating the SDO (Standards Development Organisation) from the AB (Accreditation Body) and the auditor/CB/CAB (Certification Body/Conformity Assessment Body).
ANSI/TIA-942 is the world’s first and only official data centre standard having an official accreditation scheme whereby TIA is the SDO and scheme owner, Certac is the AB overseeing the CB/CAB’s, like EPI. The accreditation scheme ensures quality control, transparency, fairness, competitiveness, freedom of choice and consistency which protects the interests of the customers.
TIA-942 is a complete data centre standard which addresses site location, architectural aspects, physical security, fire safety, telecommunications, electrical and mechanical to name a few. The advantages of TIA-942 Conformity Certification far outweighs those of Uptime Institute Tier Topology Certification.
4 key reasons why you should consider upgrading from Uptime to ANSI/TIA-942:
ANSI/TIA-942 CAB (Conformity Assessment Body)
EPI is the world's first and so far the only ANSI/TIA-942 CAB authorised under the official TIA-942 Accreditation Scheme to provide data center conformity audit services to the ANSI/TIA-942 standard. EPI is also incorporated as a CB (Certification Body).
3 types of upgrade packages.
Pricing varies depending on the size and target rating level of a data centre but are often at a fraction of the cost compared to Uptime Institute’s Tier Topology certification.