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Introduction

Audit and certification is an important step for data centers to validate that the design and build meets the requirements laid down in the ANSI/TIA-942 standard. Audits need to be conducted by appropriate qualified auditors and by organizations which are authorized to do so.

There are 2 types of audit and certification services:

  1. Data Center Design Validation (DCDV) 

The objective of DCDV is to ensure that the proposed design drawings for new-build or ‘as-built’ drawings of existing data centers, 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 center before the build to ensure conformity to the standard once the site is built. The outcome is a comprehensive report indicating the non-conformities and high-level suggestions for improvements. The scope is limited to an offsite review of design plans and drawings. 

The service includes:

  • Review of detailed design document package
  • Report indicating major and minor non-conformities
  • Optional teleconference with project team to ensure comprehension of the findings in the report
  • Review of the CAR (Corrective Action Report)
  • Award of ANSI/TIA-942 Design Conformity Certificate

 

  1. Data Center Conformity Certification (DCCC)

The objective of the DCCC phase is to verify the data center has been implemented in conformity to the validated designs in the DCDV phase and the requirements specified in the ANSI/TIA-942. For new data centers in the design phase, the ideal scenario is for the  data center operators/owners to undertake the DCDV, then start construction, and upon completion of the construction, undertake the DCCC. For existing data centers, data center operators/owners (typically) only undertake the DCCC.

DCCC comprises of an on-site audit of the physical data center 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 major non-conformities are addressed, an “ANSI/TIA-942 Facilities Conformity Certificate” will be issued and the data center will be listed on the ANSI/TIA-942 website (www.tia-942.org).

The service includes:

  • Review of detailed design document package
  • Review of each physical facility area under scope
  • Report indicating major and minor non-conformities
  • Optional teleconference with project team to ensure comprehension of the findings in the report
  • Review of the CAR (Corrective Action Report)
  • Award of ANSI/TIA-942 Facilities Conformity Certificate

 

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