In collaboration with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) as well as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Enterprise Product Integration—EPI—recently launched a website containing a repository of professionals and organizations that have demonstrated proficiency in the TIA’s 942 data center standard by obtaining certifications related to the standard. Specifically, holders of EPI’s Certified TIA-942 Design Consultant (CTDC), Certified TIA-942 Internal Auditor (CTIA), and Certified TIA-942 External Auditor (CTEA) certifications are listed and can be found at the website tia-942.org.
When announcing the tia-942.org portal, its organizers explained, “The global data center community has been plagued with individuals claiming to be proficient in understanding and applying the criteria of the ANSI/TIA-942 as either consultant and/or auditor. Similarly, there are data centers claiming to be compliant with ANSI/TIA-942 either by self-proclaimed statements or by means of an audit performed by an individual without the right credentials. The market has also often requested [of] TIA guidance on which data centers are built in conformity and where organizations can find qualified ANSI/TIA-942 consultants and auditors. tia-942.org addresses these issues by providing a single entry point where certified ANSI/TIA-942 professionals and data centers compliant with ANSI/TIA-942 from all over the world can list themselves.” The statement announcing the portal said when an individual or organization lists itself within the portal, tia-942.org “will verify their credentials by working with the respective organization and authorization bodies. And these information will be accessible to the global data center community from a single site.”
The central repository and registry will provide the following information.
- A listing of ANSI/TIA-942 certified auditors, consultants and companies providing consultancy and auditing services to help data centers to get certified to the ANSI/TIA-942 standard. The listed auditors/consultants are professionals who have passed the CTDC, CTIA and CTEA certification exams, demonstrating their qualifications to perform consulting or auditing projects.
- A list of worldwide data centers meeting the conformity to TIA-942’s requirements, thus allowing anybody in search of a data center to find such a compliant facility.
- Information, white papers and other resources providing a variety of information including how to get a data center certified.