The top priority for owners and operators of data centers is to gain the trust of their clients, who expect high quality data center basis infrastructure services for their ICT systems in computer rooms.
The expectations of high quality for data center basis infrastructure services apply to internal ICT clients in the own organization as well as to external clients of data center service providers. The following is required for ICT systems:
- a stable and continuous supply of electrical energy
- a reliable regulation of the environmental conditions (air conditioning)
- a scalable and highly efficient telecommunications cabling infrastructure
- an appropriate level of physical and environmental security.
In Europe and, above all, also in German speaking countries, the demand for certification of data centers according to recognized rules of technology, i.e. in form of an internationally recognized standard, is increasing. Both the trend towards IT outsourcing and cloud computing make it necessary that the quality, efficiency, performance and security of a data center can be evidenced by a certificate issued by an independent certification body.