As many of you know I’ve been advocating a change in the Uptime Institute’s Tier certification process to curtail the ability of provider’s to claim Tier III or IV certification on the basis of their design documents alone. This practice is patently deceptive since customers believe the facility has been constructed to meet certification criteria when in fact it hasn’t.
As of today, the Uptime Institute has announced that it will no longer provide the certification foil used for advertising purposes or list companies on their website until their data center has completed constructed facility certification. This is a policy that everyone in the industry should support. It doesn’t mean that every data center needs to be certified, but it does require that if you are going to say it you need to certify it. To the folks at Uptime I say, Bravo.