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Data Center Certification Program

Helping to mitigate risk for data center owners and operators by sharing best practices.

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Overview

According to RightScale’s “2017 State of the Internet” report, 85 percent of enterprise organizations have a multicloud strategy with 59 percent having more than 100 virtual machines or VMs in either Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. A Statistica survey projects the public cloud market to hit $126 billion in revenue by 2020, up from $25 billion in 2015. Software- and platform-as-a-service offerings are projected to add another $32 billion.

With such incredible cloud momentum, the potential impact of a widespread outage from a major provider grows daily. To mitigate this risk, cloud providers need to address the most common causes of outages, which include human errors, software issues, network downtime, hardware failure with corresponding failure of high availability architecture, and, of course, data centers.

Mass adoption of cloud computing has created a significant new risk: the potential to affect large numbers of companies and individuals in the event of a cloud services provider data center, infrastructure or network failure.

The UL Data Center Certification Program addresses the continued reliability of key components of critical data center infrastructure by integrating the multiple disciplines of electrical, mechanical, security, life safety, building automation and telecom to create a comprehensive service.

Leveraging extensive years of expertise in building safety and performance, we address the fire, life safety and security aspect of data centers, and Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD), recognized as a leader in data center design, evaluates the electrical, mechanical, telecommunications and building automation systems. ESD is widely regarded as a thought leader by influencers in the data center engineering, colocation and hyperscale center industries.

The UL Data Center Certification Program provides services for the full spectrum of data center consumers — from small, public cloud users to large Fortune 1000 entities with diverse hybrid IT implementations.

The program incorporates six critical components that can be attributable to data center outages. Specific features include:

  • Concurrent maintainability A/MEP/Network
  • Reliability
  • Security
  • Sustainability
  • Commissioning
  • Safety

For more information about this program, please contact us at [email protected] .

Benefits

  • Enhances data center resiliency
  • Designed to protect the data center consumer
  • Creates branding and marketing value to the data center owner
  • Increases confidence when subscribing to Colo or Cloud
  • Comprehensive program, including sustainability, fire, life safety and security
  • Reduces insurance premiums through certification
Data center certification project life cycle

Why UL

Leveraging extensive years of expertise in building safety and performance, we address the fire, life safety and security aspects of data centers. ESD, recognized as a leader in data center design for evaluating the electrical, mechanical, telecommunications and building automation systems, is widely regarded as a thought leader by influencers in the data center engineering, colocation and hyperscale center industries. The UL Mark is internationally recognized for safety and reliability and can validate a cloud or colocation provider’s data center, providing prospective customers with the confidence to outsource.

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