TIA-942 Facility Certification
Whether building an enterprise data center, or selecting a colocation vendor, Facility Certifications to globally accepted standards provide a strong foundation of reliability, availability and resilience.
Why Certify? Ensuring that the intent of a data center meets the design objectives gains credibility through third-party review and audit using rigorous global standards that encompass critical systems (power, cooling and telecommunications) as well as the architectural features that provide a reliable environment and basis for a cohesive, secure and safe environment for systems and staff.
Advantages for Colocation Providers
If your business is colocation, having a data center Facility Certified enables potential tenants to see that a qualified third party has reviewed the data center design and facility capabilities, certified to a globally trusted standard. All too frequently, data center facilities carry a “self-certification”. These “Self Assessments” are inherently biased, and often do not meet the requirements of the rigorous standard. With a qualified independent third party validation and certification, the data center’s credibility is elevated.
We have seen the average time it takes to close a colocation engagement with clients reduced when working with certified data centers, as compared to self-assessed or uncertified data centers. That’s added value to both the colocation vendor, and the potential clients. Less time assessing, less time in validation means faster implementation, resulting in win-win for client and colocation facilities. As certification has become more prevalent on a global scale, many potential tenants are now seeking data centers that have been certified.
Advantages for Private Data Center Owners
Facility Certification does provide awareness of operational risks, design risks, and serves as a basis for managing the gaps. Regardless of your facility objective knowing where the data center measures up to the design standard is power in your hands. It’s also money in your bank account. Consumers and potential clients are increasingly interested in the benchmark of the data centers they do businesses with to entrust with their data, their operations, and their livelihood.
Advantages for Both
Regardless of the purpose of the data center, certifications make sense, and add value. They are also the foundation for operational excellence, and server as a baseline for improving data center operations, in Human Error Management and Outage Reduction, as well as in operational costs reductions, and reliable maintenance practices.
The GDCE Difference
Global Data Center Engineering are full members of TIA, and participate in the creation and update of the TIA-942 and other standards. Our staff understand deeply the genesis of each of these standards, have lived them, and promoted them, and have grown along with the standards as they have evolved over the past two decades. We are an industry leader in Facility Certification, Design Certification and Facility Audit.
GDCE has the expertise, the experience and the certifications to conduct audits and certification to these standards. To read more about Design Validation click here: TIA-942 Design Validation
Contact us today, and we can discuss how we can help with your certification needs. Get Certified!