Aligned Data Centers Receives Uptime Tier III Certifications

Aligned Data Centers, a division of Aligned Energy, has been awarded design and construction Tier III Certifications from Uptime Institute for its 108,000-square foot 12.5MW mega data center in Plano, Texas.

Uptime Institute’s Tier rating is based on a proprietary system classifying design topology. It has been used for decades by data center clients to benchmark designs.

The Tier III Certification of Design Documents (TCDD) certifies that the facility meets Tier III prescriptions for concurrent maintainability. It is based on a rigorous set of criteria covering mechanical, electrical, structural, and site elements.

uptime institute data center industry survey“Uptime Standards continue to accelerate the adoption of new technologies and methods in all forms,” said Lee Kirby, President at Uptime Institute. “I am delighted to award the Tier III Certified Constructed Facility (TCCF) for this phase of the Plano site and look forward to the next step in certification as they proceed to the Tier Certified Operational Sustainability (TCOS). Aligned Data Centers met the requirements of Tier III Concurrent Maintainability and employed key reliability-centered design techniques and tools to provide empirical data to help plan future maintenance activity.”

“This is the first instance that I am aware of where the client has deliberately planned and employed Tier standards with reliability-centered engineering methods to assure clients of reliability, and the phase build approach minimizes capital expense without compromising reliability,” added Lee Kirby. “This use case is one more example of how the adoption of global standards propels innovation and reliability to new levels.”


In addition, consulting engineering firm MTechnology performed a reliability analysis of the electrical and cooling systems as recommended by IEEE Standard 3006.7, a framework for evaluating data center reliability, calculating the facility’s reliability equivalent to a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of 400 years. 

“Most data centers achieve an MTBF between five and 50 years,” said Stephen Fairfax, President of MTechnology. “Aligned Data Centers has achieved one of the highest combined cooling and electrical reliabilities we have analyzed in our 20 years. This reliability is so high and the probability of failure so low that there is no significant way to improve the design.”