Switch Announces Its New Proprietary Tier 5 Data Center Standard

Mentioning shortcomings in the way data centers are evaluated, global colocation provider Switch is introducing a new proprietary Tier 5 Data Center Standard that it expects will be the most comprehensive standard in the industry.

Switch’s Tier 5 standard would not only encompass the resiliency and redundancy in other data center ratings systems, but also evaluate more than 30 additional key data center elements, such as long-term power system capabilities, the number of available carriers, zero roof penetrations, the location of cooling system lines in or above the data center, physical and network security and 100-percent use of renewable energy.

switch supernap data centersSwitch plans to use the Tier 5 standard as the first step to create a new and open, Data Center Standards Foundation (DCSF). DCSF will be an independent, non-profit standards body led by leading technology companies and industry experts, including the original authors of the Uptime Institute, Vince Renaud and Hank Seader.

The DCSF’s non-profit status would provide a low-cost certification program for enterprise and colocation data centers. The DCSF’s mission will be to increase “truth and transparency” in the data center industry by publicly posting its standards and vigorously defending against misuse of its classifications.

“The various industry metrics have become stale,” said Vince Renaud, co-author of the Uptime Institute operational sustainability standards and former CTO of the Uptime Institute from 2009 to 2013. “Switch’s Tier 5 standard injects critical parameters to enhance availability and reliability for the colocation industry.”

For more information on Tier 5 please visit www.switch.com/Tier-5.