DC BLOX, a provider of highly connected colocation data centers, has achieved a Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) for its Birmingham data center from Uptime Institute. DC BLOX is the first colocation data center operator in Alabama to achieve this Uptime Institute certification.

The TCCF process includes live system demonstrations under real-world conditions, validating performance across the data center environment. The award is based on the review of multiple mechanical and facility criteria as defined in Uptime Institute’s Tier Standard: Topology, the globally recognized benchmark for data center reliability and effectiveness.

“We’re thrilled to achieve Uptime Institute’s Tier III TCCF certification, which supports our core commitment to serving locally as a trusted data center partner in the Southeast,” said Mark Masi, Chief Operating Officer of DC BLOX. “In the past, businesses located in smaller cities or underserved markets have had a difficult choice to make: either they commit to long drives to colocation data centers in major cities, settle for less reliable local facilities or build their own data centers. We’re proud to offer organizations a secure, reliable data center option locally to help them focus their resources and accelerate their growth.”

Tier III Data Center Design

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

All DC BLOX data centers are built to a Tier III standard of design. The company has now also received Uptime Institute’s Tier III Certification of Design Documents for its Birmingham data center.

“We congratulate DC BLOX on their achievement,” said Christopher Brown, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Uptime Institute. “The Tier Certification of Constructed Facility Certification ensures that the facility has been constructed as designed, capable of meeting the defined availability requirements. The Tier III TCCF award is concurrently maintainable, requiring no shutdowns when equipment needs maintenance or replacements and no impact to IT operations. Additionally, we applaud DC BLOX’s strategic position of locating in underserved markets in the Southeast.”

All of the DC BLOX colocation data centers – Atlanta, Chattanooga, Huntsville and Birmingham – are strategically located in underserved markets to fully support the data center colocation needs of enterprise businesses, government entities, content providers and MSPs. Each data center is interconnected with DC BLOX’s “high-speed” fiber-optic network. It would support business continuity, disaster recovery, content delivery, hybrid cloud and large-scale storage scenarios. DC BLOX provides a 100% power availability Service Level Agreement (SLA), along with SLAs for temperature and humidity.

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