Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) has received the Tier III Concurrently Maintainable Certification of Design Documents from Uptime Institute for its data center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The certification recognizes high design standards for data center infrastructure and capability.
Level 3 operates two Tier III certified data centers in Brazil – three data centers in Brazil in total and more than 360 worldwide. Level 3‘s global data center footprint has direct connectivity to its more than 320,000 km of fiber network and metro market reach in more than 60 countries. Level 3 data centers are managed on-site by a team of specialized technicians.
The Tier III Certification of Design Documents recognition would indicate that the data center’s design meets the demands determined by the global parameter system and the norms of the Uptime Institute for Simultaneous Maintenance. Within this framework, data center operators have the ability to isolate components and perform planned maintenance without suspending the data center’s operations or affecting IT operations.
The Uptime Institute is an independent international consulting organization, recognized as a reference for market practices on data center critical infrastructure.
In general, a Tier III design certification is based on a review of the design documents, and takes into consideration the planned construction and operation of the data center, including physical and logical safety structures, air conditioning and power structures, in addition to operational procedures and the ability to identify and isolate issues. It would demonstrate that the data center is designed to allow maintenance of specific areas without impacting other parts of the infrastructure.
“Our customers depend on us for a reliable data center experience, and we are committed to delivering a secure, efficient and scalable solution,” said André Magno, Director of Data Center and Security, Level 3 Brazil. “From the beginning of this project, a deep analysis was made to design a facility that considers our customer’s security and the quality of the services provided to them. It was by taking this approach in the design of the data center we were able to meet the high standards demanded by the Uptime Institute.”