ANSI/TIA-942 is a quality standard for data centres that represents worldwide consensus from industry leaders on data centre design and build. TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) is the leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, policy initiatives, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking events. TIA is accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) as a "Standards Developing Organisation” (SDO). The ANSI/TIA-942 Conformity Audit conducted by EPI provides an extensive and meticulous assessment for conformity to the requirements of the standard involving over 2,600 criteria encompassing Architectural, Electrical, Mechanical, Telecommunication, Security and Safety. The audit helps verify whether your mission critical infrastructure is aligned to your business requirements.
Designers, operators and owners of data centres stated, among others, a number of key reasons:
The EPI Certification Audit is based on ISO 19011 methodology. Below is an overview on some key activities of the audit process.
The objective of the DCDV phase is to ensure that the proposed design drawings for new-build or ‘as-built’ drawings of existing data centres, are complete and that the design (on paper) meets the requirements of the standard. It is an in-depth verification of the design drawings, compared against the rating levels described in the ANSI/TIA-942. This phase is especially important for a data centre before the build to ensure conformity to the standard once the site has been built. The outcome is a comprehensive report indicating the non-conformities and high level suggestions for improvements. The scope is limited to an osite review of design plans and drawings.
The objective of the DCCC phase is to verify the data centre has been implemented in conformity to the validated designs in the DCDV phase and the requirements specified in the ANSI/TIA-942. This phase comprises of an on-site audit of the physical data centre facilities against the rating levels described in the ANSI/TIA-942. The outcome is a comprehensive report indicating non-conformities (if any). Once all the nonconformities are addressed, a “Conformity Certificate” will be issued and the data centre will be listed on the ANSI/TIA-942 website www.tia-942.org.
The certification audit is based on ISO 19011 methodology and the validity of the certificate is three years. In order to upkeep the certification, the customer will need to undergo a yearly surveillance audit and a re-certification audit at the end of the third year.
EPI is a company of European origin operating world-wide in over 50 countries through direct operations and a large partner network. EPI offers an extensive range of data centre services on consultancy, auditing, certification and training. EPI’s focus is on mission critical, high-availability environments. Established in 1987, EPI has developed an international reputation for delivering high quality technical expertise, with flexible and innovative services, techniques and methodologies and is the world’s largest provider of accredited data centre facilities training as well as the largest provider of ANSI/TIA-942 compliance audit and certification services. EPI is the owner and developer of the ANSI/TIA-942 training programs (CTDC®, CTIA® and CTEA®) as well as the ANSI/TIA-942 audit methodology and certification scheme. More information: www.epi-ap.com
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is the leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, policy initiatives, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking events. With support from hundreds of members, TIA enhances the business environment for companies involved in telecom, broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite, unied communications, emergency communications and the greening of technology. TIA is accredited by ANSI. The roles of TIA are being the developer and owner of the ANSI/TIA-942 standard, and maintaining the standard continuously to be aligned with the ever changing needs of the data centre industry. More information: www.tiaonline.org