Ensure the complete and constant functionality of your data centre
Digitalization is leading to a massive generation of data in the world of IT. This rapid increase requires large-scale facilities and modern technologies for effective data centre infrastructure management and security. Data centres (DCs) are buildings that provide physical security, space, power and cooling for IT operations. Data centres centralize a business’s IT operations or equipment, as well as store, share and manage data.
Businesses depend on the consistency and trustworthiness of data centres to ensure that their IT operations function safely and continuously. As a result, security and reliability are a top priority for data centres to ensure they are always meeting and exceeding the service that both internal and external customer depend on.
According to Cisco Global Cloud Index, data center storage utilization is estimated as 1.3 ZB (zettabyte) in 2021 for data stored and 1.2 ZB per month for data in motion; the amount of annual global data center traffic is to reach 20.6 ZB per year by 2021.
Looking to the future, the data centre industry will not only grow, but become increasingly important for six reasons:
TÜV SÜD cares for secure availability, supporting our customers with solutions that increase the quality and availability of their DCs. As your trusted data centre partner, we become your eyes and ears on site. We are also fully aware that time is critical, meaning we follow your time schedule as a reliable, fast-reacting third-party service provider – worldwide.
By conducting an assessment of your data centre infrastructure with TÜV SÜD, you gain various solutions and benefits:
Our services were developed to tightly follow the market demands combined with your needs to turn facts and assumptions into reality. Through this, we offer two robust data centre infrastructure services: EN 50600 data centre certification and Testing & Commissioning.
EN 50600 represents the state-of-the-art and most advanced standard worldwide for analyzing the complete infrastructure of data processing systems – whether they are large hyperscale data centres or small one-room containers. It is considered the ‘true quality’ standard of data centres. While it is currently offered on a European basis, the EN 50600 is already available as ISO/IEC TS 22237 and will also be offered as an international standard: ISO 22237.
The EN 50600 is different to other standards in that it does not specify every detail, allowing space for discussions regarding the most logical solution. It provides a case-by-case data centre assessment based on the business’s risk, which determines the degree of security and availability that’s needed.
The key contents of the standard are:
From preparation and pre-audits up to certification, TÜV SÜD supports the implementation of EN 50600. We have a global network of experts for all issues related to EN 50600, from building design concepts to quality assurance. We are also part of the EN standardization committee.
Testing and Commissioning (T&C) is a diligent process of planning and performing all necessary quality controls that encompass the entire complex infrastructures of data centres with their multiple and complex interfaces and interdependencies.
The T&C is performed by a third-party Commissioning Agent (CxA) besides the tenant or landlord. The Commissioning Agent starts with a T&C plan – a crosscheck of all relevant contractual agreements and specifications – and will cover all project phases from design, to during construction until Ready for Service, including a Design Review, which is often referred to as Level 0.
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