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Certified Data Centre - IT Infrastructure

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What is a Certified Data Centre?

Certified Data Centre is a TÜV SÜD certification covering IT infrastructure aspects (power, air conditioning, fire protection, EM/lightning protection) as well as the building, processes and operations (documentation, risk analysis, countermeasures, continuous improvement and more). The services provided by the data centre are not within the scope of the certification.

Why is data centre certification important?

Data centre certification shows customers, businesses and regulators your IT infrastructure services are secure and trustworthy. Customers want assurances that their data will be kept safe and will not be physically damaged by fire or other disasters, and that their data will also be protected in line with the strictest security standards. Data centre certification demonstrates that your services have been audited and assessed, thereby giving customers utmost confidence.

Our data centre certification provides customers with confidence that they offer reliable and secure data centre capabilities, both in terms of operation as well as IT infrastructure. In addition, certification from a third party will provide an independent and objective assessment of weaknesses and opportunities for improvement.

TÜV SÜD provides comprehensive data centre certification

TÜV SÜD is known internationally as a leading testing and certification body, and we have extensive and specialised expertise in auditing IT security processes, data centre operation and processes such as power management and redundancy. We are well-versed in data centre operations and IT infrastructure management, and our multidisciplinary specialists can produce reports, certification and point out areas for improvement.

Our reputation enables us to provide international recognition through the TÜV SÜD certification mark, which you can use to display your commitment to quality. We also provide a full suite of IT security infrastructure services under one roof as well as testing against ISO security standards, enabling you to save time and costs by working with a single partner.

We offer a complete testing and certification service against international regulations such as PCI and ISO 27001 – as well as our own Certified Data Centre certificate.

We offer Certification Services for:

  • EN50600 (IS TS 22237) - Data Centre design, infrastructure operation
  • Confirmation of compliance with tier - classes / TIA 942:2010
  • EN 50518 - Monitoring and alarm receiving centre 
  • Energy efficiency

EN50600 Data Centre Certification

EN 50600 represents the state-of-the-art and most advanced standard worldwide for analyzing the complete infrastructure of data processing systems – whether they are large hyperscale data centres or small one-room containers. It is considered the ‘true quality’ standard of data centres. While it is currently offered on a European basis, the EN 50600 is already available as ISO/IEC TS 22237 and will also be offered as an international standard: ISO 22237.

The EN 50600 is different to other standards in that it does not specify every detail, allowing space for discussions regarding the most logical solution. It provides a case-by-case data centre assessment based on the business’s risk, which determines the degree of security and availability that’s needed.

The key contents of the standard are:

  • A risk and requirements analysis, which is designed to define and ensure appropriate design and planning
  • Four technical infrastructure availability classes including power distribution, environmental control and telecommunication cabling
  • Four protection classes for physical security and space utilization
  • Management and operation, which includes a definition of measurable KPIs and requirements for operational management and energy efficiency

From preparation and pre-audits up to certification, TÜV SÜD supports the implementation of EN 50600. We have a global network of experts for all issues related to EN 50600, from building design concepts to quality assurance. We are also part of the EN standardisation committee.

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