How to upgrade from Uptime Institute Tier Certification to TIA-942 Certification?

It is common knowledge that the Uptime Institute Tier Topology guidelines only address the electrical and mechanical infrastructure of a data centre. Although critical, data centre operators/owners have come to learn that these guidelines are missing some fundamental elements for todays’ business critical environments. As such, more and more data centre operators/owners are adopting the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard, not only because the TIA-942 is a true Standard but also because this Standard addresses electrical and mechanical, similar to Uptime Institute, and in addition the site location, architectural aspects, physical security, fire safety and telecommunications to name a few.

This webinar will address some of the fundamental differences between the Uptime Tier Topology guidelines and ANSI/TIA-942 and will explain considerations on how to upgrade to the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard. This webinar will also address some of the common misperceptions about Uptime Tier Topology certification and ANSI/TIA-942 certification.

In this webinar, we are most fortunate to have with us, Edward van Leent, a veteran international data centre expert who will discuss the pros and cons of Uptime vs TIA-942, why has TIA-942 gained popularity and how you can move from Uptime Certification to TIA-942.



Duration: 1 hour  


Edward van Leent
Chairman and CEO
EPI Group of Companies

Edward has over 30 years of experience in the global high-tech, high-availability and mission-critical data centre industry.  With the unique combination of in-depth technical knowledge and an excellent grasp of the trends and developments in the industry, Edward is the key-driver behind the success of EPI, growing EPI from a small UK-origin company to become a global organization with presence in over 60 countries. 

Edward is an active member of a number of data centre professional groups including AFCOM, IDCP, FEA, ASHRAE, Green Data Centre Alliance, Data Centre Professionals, Data Centre Architects, Data Centre Facilities Management Group and the Data Centre Engineering Group.  He is a canvassing and voting member for BICSI-002 and sits on the TR42 committee (ANSI/TIA-942 standard).  He is also the Vice-Chairman of the workgroup for the Singapore Standard for BC/DCR-SS507.  Edward holds the ISO/IEC-2000 Lead Auditor and Lead Consultant certificates.  He has performed over hundreds of data centre audits worldwide.

He has also been honoured with awards such as the ‘World-Wide Field Operations Award’, the ‘Excellence Award’, the prestigious ‘Chairman's Achievement Award’, and ‘CEO of the Month’.  

Being one of the thought leaders in the industry, he is a well sought-after speaker for his extensive knowledge on topics related to mission critical data centres.





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