Digital Realty lines up Tier III certifications for 20 new data centers

Contracted with Uptime Institute, Digital Realty has completed Tier III certifications for five of the projects so far.

Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR) announced that it has contracted with Uptime Institute to achieve Tier III certification for 20 of its new data center projects worldwide. To date, five newly completed Turn-Key Flex data centers have received Tier III certification, including two projects in Sydney and two in Melbourne, Australia, and one data center in Trumbull, Connecticut.

"As a global developer, operator and long-term owner of enterprise-quality data centers, we have long since designed our Turn-Key Flex solution to meet rigorous engineering and reliability standards," said Jim Smith, chief technology officer for Digital Realty. "Working with Uptime Institute to obtain Tier III certifications for these new projects further demonstrates our commitment to meeting these high standards on behalf of our customers."

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Utilizing the proprietary POD Architecture and the company's extensive supply chain, Digital Realty says its Turn-Key Flex is a modular platform for delivering secure, enterprise-quality data center space to meet customers' "just-in-time" requirements. Designed to provide maximum flexibility, reliability and efficiency, each Turn-Key Flex facility comes fully commissioned with its own dedicated electrical and mechanical infrastructure.

Uptime Institute created the standard Tier Classification System as a means to effectively evaluate data center infrastructure in terms of a business' requirements for system availability. The Tier Classification System provides the data center industry with a consistent method to compare typically unique, customized facilities based on expected site infrastructure performance, or uptime. Further, Tiers enable companies to align their data center infrastructure investment with business goals specific to growth and technology strategies, contends Uptime Institute.

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"We are very pleased to be working with Digital Realty, which has made this significant investment in the Tier III certification process. Many providers claim to build 'tier III' data centers, but few have the discipline to go through the rigorous process of seeking actual certification," concludes Julian Kudritski, chief operating officer of Uptime Institute. "The devil is truly in the details, including fuel systems, design temperatures for extreme weather conditions, as well as the integration of electrical and mechanical systems. Digital Realty has made this commitment because it understands its customers' needs for highly reliable, resilient data center solutions that are designed to operate under the most challenging conditions today and in the future."

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