ANSI/TIA-942 Ready Certification


ANSI/TIA-942 Ready Certification indicates that a product, typically a modular data centre such as pre-fabricated data centre Edge Data Centre/Module or a Container based data centre product has been designed in accordance to the requirements of the ANSI/TIA-942 standard for the respective Rating level. The TIA-942 Ready Certification will review all aspects under scope of the module to ensure it meets the requirement of the TIA-942 for that particular scope. This certification will ensure that once the modular data centre solution has been placed in the appropriate environment that it will meet the indicated Rating level. The TIA-942 Ready Certification has a few distinct advantages for manufacturers of modular data centre solutions and their customers;

  • Pre-validation of conformity to TIA-942 of the modular data centre at the manufacturer level
  • Reduction of certification time due to pre-validation process
  • Discounted cost for full ANSI/TIA-942 design (DCDV) and site/facility (DCCC) certification

EPI is the world's first and so far the only ANSI/TIA-942 CAB authorised under the official TIA-942 Accreditation Scheme from TIA to provide data centre conformity audit services to the ANSI/TIA-942 standard.  EPI is also incorporated as a CB (Certification Body).

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About ANSI/TIA-942

TIA-942 is the telecommunication infrastructure standard for data centres. This standard however not only cover the telecommunication part but also other important factors which lead to a robust data centre. The data centre will be reviewed for compliance in four categories:

  • Architecture (Incl. fire safety, physical security, site location etc.)
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Telecommunications

Other areas examined are operational management and other important aspects such as health and safety aspects.

For each of the categories, the data centre will be categorized in four rating levels (Rated 1-4), as well as an overall rating level.

For each of the categories, the data centre will be categorized in four rating levels (Rated 1-4), as well as an overall rating level.

Rating Level**

ANSI/TIA-942 describes four rating levels in which data centers can be classified. Below are the high level descriptions of each rating level.  Detailed specifications are given in the ANSI/TIA-942 standard.

  • Rated-1: Basic Site Infrastructure
    A data centre which has single capacity components and a single, non-redundant distribution path serving the ICT equipment. It has limited protection against physical events.
     
  • Rated-2: Redundant Capacity Component Site Infrastructure
    A data centre which has redundant capacity components and a single, non-redundant distribution path serving the ICT equipment.  It has improved protection against physical events.
     
  • Rated-3: Concurrently Maintainable Site Infrastructure
    A data centre which has multiple independent distribution paths serving the ICT equipment. From a conformity point of view, it is acceptable to have one distribution path serve the ICT equipment with the second distribution path to be on standby for maintenance purposes. However, most data centres use both distribution paths on a continuous basis. The data centre is required to be concurrently maintainable meaning that each and every capacity component including elements/components which are part of the distribution path, can be removed/replaced/serviced on a planned basis without disrupting the ICT capabilities to the End-User. It has protection against most physical events.
     
  • Rated-4: Fault Tolerant Site Infrastructure
    A data centre which has multiple independent distribution paths serving the ICT equipment which are all active. The data centre allows concurrent maintainability and one (1) fault anywhere in the installation without causing downtime. The data centre must be capable to automatically detect a fault, automatically isolate the fault and to automatically continue operation. It has protection against almost all physical events.

Note**; The outcome of the Rating levels defined by TIA are similar to the outcome of the Uptime Tier levels i.e. both Rated-3 of TIA and Tier-III of Uptime are both defined as being a Concurrent Maintainable data centre.

 


 
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