The Uptime Institute’s Owners Advisory Committee Provides First Recommended Enhancements to Tier Program

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The Uptime Institute has incorporated the Owners Advisory Committee’s first recommended enhancement into the data center Tier Classification System. Uptime’s Tier System is the international standard for objectively evaluating a data center’s performance capability in respect to its business requirements.

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Uptime Institute is pleased that the Owners Advisory Committee’s deliberations and votes represented refinements of the Tier requirements showing that the Tiers continue to be a meaningful and useful standard to data center owners worldwide.

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The Uptime Institute today announced it has incorporated the Owners Advisory Committee’s (OAC) first recommended modification into the data center Tier Classification System. The OAC is composed of 29 data center owners who provide oversight and guidance to ensure the Uptime Institute’s Tier Standards continue to be useful to data center owners and operators. The Tier Classification System is the international standard for objectively evaluating a data center’s performance capability in respect to its business requirements.

The Uptime Institute has agreed to incorporate the results of the OAC vote -- a new minimum requirement -- into Tier Standard: Topology, the authoritative documentation of the Tier requirements. This new requirement calls for a minimum of 12 hours of fuel storage for the engine-generator plant at “N” capacity. Although the OAC pinpointed this new specification during deliberations on the definition and requirements of Tier I, it affects all four Tiers since each data center Tier incorporates the criteria of those beneath it.

“We appreciate the efforts and input we’re receiving from OAC members who deliver enhanced value to the Tiers based on varied end-user perspectives and experiences,” said Vince Renaud, PE, OAC Facilitator and Tier Certification Authority, Uptime Institute Professional Services. “The OAC determined that its first agenda item was to revisit the definition and requirements of a Tier I data center. We’re pleased that their deliberations and votes represented refinements of the Tier requirements, which shows that the Tiers continue to serve as a meaningful and useful standard to data center owners worldwide.”

In reviewing the Tier I standard, the OAC also voted on other issues that do not warrant changes to the Tier Standard: Topology, such as not mandating an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) ride-through time.

The OAC is composed of 29 data center owners from a cross-section of industries, including banking/finance, technology, insurance, petrochemical, manufacturing, retail, health care, and airlines. It was formed in 2009 in response to the marketplace’s request for end-users to play a role in the ongoing review and enhancing of the Tier Program. The OAC is currently reviewing Issues for Consideration to be deliberated on in 2010 and voted on in 2011.

About Uptime Institute
The Uptime Institute is an unbiased, third-party data center research, education, and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation. The Uptime Institute serves all shareholders of the data center industry, including enterprise and third-party operators, manufacturers, providers, and engineers. This collaborative approach, complemented with the Uptime Institute’s capability to recognize trends on a global basis and to interface directly with owners, results in solutions and innovations freed from regional constraints for the benefit of the worldwide data center industry.

About Uptime Institute Professional Services
Uptime Institute Professional Services is the data center management and engineering consulting arm of the Uptime Institute. It delivers due diligence assessments of site infrastructure and site management. Uptime Institute Professional Services is vendor-neutral and focused on the end-user, without bias for design engineer or manufacturer. The consultant team members are exclusively senior-level and multi-disciplined with extensive prior hands-on data center operations experience, thereby ensuring focus on long-term and highly operable solutions. Serving clients worldwide, Uptime Institute Professional Services is delivering consulting, Certifications, and Accreditations in over 25 countries. For additional information see http://professionalservices.uptimeinstitute.com or contact: Julian Kudritzki, Vice President, 206.273.7993, jkudritzki(at)uptimeinstitute.com.

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