Data Centre Infrastructure Services

Ensure the complete and constant functionality of your data centre

Ensure the complete and constant functionality of your data centre

Digitalization is leading to a massive generation of data in the world of IT. This rapid increase requires large-scale facilities and modern technologies for effective data center infrastructure management and security. Data centers (DCs) are buildings that provide physical security, space, power, and cooling for IT operations. Data centers centralize a business’s IT operations or equipment and store, share, and manage data. 

Businesses depend on the consistency and trustworthiness of data centers to ensure that their IT operations function safely and continuously. As a result, security and availability are a top priority for data centers to consistently meet and exceed the service that internal and external customers depend on. 

Why are Data Centre Certification and Quality Control Important?

The data center industry will also become increasingly crucial for six reasons:

  • Today, around 75% of business workloads remain within enterprise data centers. By 2025, it’s expected that 50% of business workloads will still be there.
  • Applications of AI are entering the mainstream more and more, meaning data centers will need to have the capacity to react accordingly.
  • Under the US CLOUD Act, when ordered, all cloud service providers in the USA will have to provide American authorities with the data stored on their servers regardless of where it’s housed. Many US providers control much of the cloud market in Europe, giving the US the right to access large amounts of the region’s information of its people and companies. This means that other parts of the world will need their own reliable and secure data center infrastructure.
  • Market consolidation of acquisitions and mergers between existing European customers and Hyperscalers opens up new opportunities worldwide.
  • Edge computing will complement traditional data center business.
  • Finally, Quantum Computing will open up entirely new opportunities and possibilities and new challenges for traditional data center business in the future.

TÜV SÜD SUPPORTS DATA CENTRE ANALYSIS AND QUALITY CONTROL

TÜV SÜD cares for secure availability, supporting our customers with solutions that increase the quality and availability of their DCs. As your trusted data centre partner, we become your eyes and ears on site. We are also fully aware that time is critical, meaning we follow your time schedule as a reliable, fast-reacting third-party service provider – worldwide.

By conducting an assessment of your data center infrastructure with TÜV SÜD, you gain various solutions and benefits:

  • Decades of experience in engineering and projects related to data centers, e.g., for TIER classification or data security concepts for control centers and a global network of TÜV SÜD experts in the data center community.
  • In-depth understanding, know-how, and expertise of all relevant engineering solutions in data centers and risk analysis and assessments regarding IT service continuity gives you competitive advantages and confidence in managing your IT infrastructure.
  • Expert guidance and hands-on solutions through a tailored, focused approach based on the individual requirements and special features of your specific data center and ongoing data center support through post-certification auditing.
  • As a neutral and independent Third Party, we perform quality control during construction, from Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) to Integrated System Testing (IST). We confirm compliance with the contractual arrangements between landlord and tenant regarding engineering, technical solutions, and testing. We support you to make your project successful.
  • The public profile and reputation of the TÜV SÜD brand, providing assurance that reports success.

TÜV SÜD's data centre infrastructure services

Our services were developed to tightly follow the market demands and your needs to turn facts and assumptions into reality. We offer two full data center infrastructure services: ISO/IEC 22237 and EN 50600 data center certification as well as Testing & Commissioning. 

DATA CENTRE INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES

Our services have been developed to tightly follow the market demands combined with your needs to turn facts and assumptions into reality.

Feasibility Assessment Services

  • Techno-economical viability/feasibility assessment
  • Due diligence
  • Risk assessment

Project Management Services

  • Design review
  • Project management

Testing and Commissioning Services - The 5 Level Approach

Testing and Commissioning (T&C) is a dynamic process of planning and performing all necessary quality controls that encompass the entire complex infrastructures of data centers with their multiple and complex interfaces and interdependencies.

The T&C is performed by a third-party Commissioning Agent (CxA) besides the tenant or landlord. The Commissioning Agent starts with a T&C plan – a crosscheck of all relevant contractual agreements and specifications – and will cover all project phases from design to construction until Ready for Service, including a Design Review, which is often referred to as Level 0. 

Testing and Commissioning (T&C) is conducted by TÜV SÜD using a 5-level approach, based on clearly defined and agreed Quality-Gates:

Data Centre Testing and Commissioning

During this first stages of the Testing and Commissioning process, weekly calls and monthly reporting are obligatory, with additional bi-weekly reports added towards the final stages of the project. The successful completion of the commissioning process is marked with a Commissioning Compliance Letter.

O&M Advisory

  • Asset Integrity Management
  • Data Centre utility audit & optimisation
  • Failure analysis
  • Energy usage and efficiency assessment services
  • Waste management

Certified Data Centre

ISO/IEC 22237 AND EN 50600 DATA CENTRE CERTIFICATION 

Since 2015, designers, constructors and operators in Europe have been able to rely on the EN 50600 standard for guidance. The document pursues a holistic approach to data-centre design, construction and operation. The new ISO/IEC 22237 standard now adopts this approach and elevates EN 50600 to international level, enabling data centres to be planned, built and operated worldwide according to identical principles. This provides planners designers with the necessary clarity regarding the requirements and promotes tenants’ trust in the availability of data centres and the quality of their management processes; it thus also protects investments in the further expansion of this important infrastructure. 

A data centre in accordance with ISO/IEC 22237 must meet clear requirements with respect to availability, security ratings and energy efficiency, all of which must be considered right from the design and construction stage. These requirements have been defined in the seven parts of the standard:

ISO/IEC 22237-1: General concepts

ISO/IEC TS 22237-2: Building construction

ISO/IEC 22237-3: Power supply and distribution

ISO/IEC 22237-4: Environmental control

ISO/IEC TS 22237-5: Telecommunications cabling infrastructure

ISO/IEC TS 22237-6: Security systems

ISO/IEC TS 22237-7: Management and operation

Parts 1, 3 and 4 have already been published. The other parts are available in the form of Technical Specifications (TS) and will be published gradually over the coming years. The crucial advantage of certification in accordance with ISO/IEC 22237 is that a single certificate covers the entire infrastructure – including definition of measurable KPIs and requirements for operational management and energy efficiency. This is efficient, enables international comparisons to be drawn and establishes a solid contractual basis.

From preparation and pre-audits up to certification, TÜV SÜD supports the implementation of ISO/IEC 22237 and EN 50600. We have a global network of experts for all issues related to these standards, from design review to quality assurance. We are also part of the EN standardization committee.

  • Confirmation of compliance with tier - classes / TIA 942:2010
  • EN 50518 - Monitoring and alarm receiving centre
  • Energy efficiency 

DATA CENTRE VERIFICATION AND AUDIT SERVICES BASED ON THE EU TAXONOMY REGULATION

The Taxonomy Regulation (EU) 2020/852 is an important element for increasing sustainable investments and thus for implementing the European Green Deal (no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050) as part of the EU's response to climate and environmental challenges. It is a common language among stakeholders aligned with the commitments of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and provides uniform criteria for companies and investors on economic activities that can be considered as environmentally sustainable.

The Data Centre (DC) sector is a constantly growing industry with increasing energy demand and as a big potential to contribute to climate change mitigation. For these reasons DCs and their activities are included in the EU Taxonomy Regulation.

As a qualified independent third party, we offer verification and sudit of the implementation of

  • European Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency and
  • CENELEC document CLC TR 50600-99-1 "Data centre facilities and infrastructures - Part 99-1: Recommended practices for energy management"

Both documents are relevant for proving compliance with the technical screening criteria for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation.

Life Cycle Flow Diagram for Data Centre Services

IN ADDITION TO THE SERVICES DESCRIBED ABOVE, TÜV SÜD ALSO OFFERS: 

  • Design reviews, RAM analysis, energy efficiency certification, root cause analysis and evaluation of equipment failures
  • Assessments according to ANSI/TIA 942:2010, Annex G
  • Certification of Edge Computing solutions following EN 50600
  • Data Centre Certification for SMEs with their own on-premises DCs according to TÜV SÜD Data Centre standard based on EN 50600

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