NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Uptime Institute today introduces a new standard for data center owners, operators, and managers: Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability. This Standard addresses the facility's management behaviors and risks that affect long-term data center uptime by aligning the infrastructure's capabilities, as defined by the Tier Classification System (I-IV), with its ongoing management.
"The Institute's Tier Classification System ensures a data center facility is designed and built to deliver uptime in accordance with its business requirements; Operational Sustainability ensures the site is managed to sustain that level of availability over the long-term," said Julian Kudritzki, vice president, Uptime Institute, LLC. "Another benefit of the Operational Sustainability Standard is that the risks and behaviors are prioritized to help owners and operators maximize staffing and budget resources."
The Institute created Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability in response to data center operators' needs for an industry standard to minimize operational risk and maximize uptime. The Institute's Owners Advisory Committee (OAC), which is composed of 29 global data center owners, has reviewed the Standard and will adjudicate any changes.
The Operational Sustainability Standard, which works in tandem with the Institute's international Tier Classification System, is structured around the three most influential Elements of a data center's ongoing performance in the following prioritized order: Management & Operations, Building Characteristics, and Site Location.
Each of the three Operational Sustainability Elements has multiple categories and components pertinent to a data center's Tier level. Detailed tables are provided in Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability. Following are summaries of these Elements:
* Management & Operations: Staffing and organization; maintenance processes and procedures; training; and planning, coordination, and management.
* Building Characteristics: Building features that include the condition, age, and type of structure; design principles; and the operational conditions of the equipment.
* Site Location: Potential local or regional natural and/or man-made disasters and corresponding mitigation plans. This includes everything from the likelihood of a tornado or flood to a disruptive accident at a nearby railroad system.