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Uptime Institute, TIA agree on ‘clear separation’

March 20, 2014  

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The Uptime Institute and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) have announced steps to establish what they describe as a “concise lexicon for the design of data centres as they are planned, constructed and operated worldwide.” 

The two said in a release issued this week that it is in the best interests of the industry to permanently differentiate their respective data centre infrastructure benchmarking systems and going forward, TIA will revise the ANSI/TIA-942/TIA-942A Standard to remove the word ‘Tier.’ 

“By disentangling our respective terminologies, both TIA and Uptime Institute are better able to pursue the independent development of standards and programs as each sees fit,” said Julian Kudritzki, chief operating officer of the Institute.

TIA’s TR-42 Engineering Committee will continue to establish and improve voluntary consensus-based standards that enable the data centres which our consumers and businesses demand, said Grant Seiffert, president of TIA.

The Uptime Institute created the standard Tier Classification System in the mid-1990s as a means to effectively evaluate data centre infrastructure as it relates to business requirements for system availability.