Tier Certification Overview
Today, every organization relies on a complex interconnection of digital resources for their business livelihood and fiscal performance. Shareholders and stakeholders demand that their data center infrastructure investments are well defined and fully supported, as millions of dollars are at risk if the wrong choices are made.
Uptime Institute’s Tier Standards are the globally recognized standard for data center availability and overall performance. It allows for various performance levels that consider both the built environment, as well as the approach and performance of the operations team.
While Uptime Tier Standards define the topology and operational sustainability performance requirements for each Tier Classification, Tier Certification verifies the application of the Tier Standard to ensure the facility is designed, constructed and operated to those specifications.
Uptime developed Tier Certification over 30 years ago to measure how well a data center can meet the needs of an organization. Since then, these certifications have gained worldwide recognition and provide a mark of excellence unique to high-performing businesses. With organization-specific, component-level and performance-based evaluations, as well as extremely thorough and unbiased site visits, few programs can match the caliber of Uptime's certification.
With over 3400 awards issued in over 114 countries around the globe, Uptime Tier Certification is the industry standard for design, construction, and ongoing operations.
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Understanding Tier Classifications
Redundant Capacity Components
The Milestones of Tier Certification
Tier Certification of Design DocumentsDesigning a data center requires significant planning. Businesses must establish the locations of servers, prime and contingency power sources, network routes, cooling equipment, cable management, and required safety measures. This process is an undertaking that most businesses cannot reliably perform in-house, creating worrisome financial risks for investors should any design mistakes slip past.
Uptime's Tier Certification of Design Documents (TCDD) positions data center projects for success from the earliest stages by applying standardized goals and methodology. Uptime offers professional data center design certification to businesses looking to maximize the effectiveness of their facilities, while also ensuring the proposed design meets their intended Tier objective.
Tier Certification of Constructed FacilityTier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) ensures that your facility has been constructed as designed and verifies that it is capable of meeting the defined performance requirements. Common construction phase practices and value engineering proposals can inadvertantly compromise the design intent of a data center.
With multiple vendors, subcontractors, and typically more than 50 different disciplines involved in any data center project—structural, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, fuel pumps, networking, and more—it would be remarkable if there were no errors or unintended risks introduced during the construction process. Tier Certification of Constructed Facility lets you ensure your facility is built to its intended performance capacity, effectiveness, and reliability.
Tier Certification of Operational SustainabilityUptime Tier Certification of Operational Sustainability (TCOS) provides Tier Certified data center owners, operators, and managers with an assessment of the prioritized behaviors and risks intrinsic to data center operations and serves as an essential guide for effective and efficient operations. This certification ensures your well designed and expertly constructed data center is operated in a manner which will result in the expected production levels.
Owners and operators that earn the Tier Certification of Operational Sustainability have demonstrated their ability to plan for non-stop production to continue throughout all normal operating conditions.
Tier Certification Scope
- Electrical Systems
- Structural Factors
- Building Characteristics
- Mechanical Systems
- Management & Operations
- Site Location
- On-Site Power Production
- Occupational Safety
- Physical Security
- Equipment Maintenance
- Makeup Water
- Ambient Design Conditions
- Distribution Paths
- Battery Performance & Storage
- Critical Spaces
- Outdoor Environment
- Electrical Power Backbone
- Commissioning Documentation
- Fire Protection
- Capacity Management
The Tier Standard Approach
Find Tier Certified Data Centers Near You
From rural to urban locations and everywhere in between, organizations worldwide showcase their commitment to data center excellence with Tier Certification from Uptime Institute.
Visit our Uptime Institute Awards site to find Tier Certified data centers near you.