Certification to UL 3223 helps mitigate risk for data center owners and operators by providing a set of criteria to increase end-user transparency, provider accountability, and proper data center documentation.

According to RightScale’s “2017 State of the Internet” report, 85% of enterprise organizations have a multi-cloud strategy with 59% having more than 100 virtual machines or “VM’s” in either Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. A Statistica survey projects the public cloud market to hit $126 billion in revenue by 2020, up from $25 billion in 2015. Software and Platform as-a-service offering are projected to add another $32 billion.

With such incredible cloud momentum, the potential impact of a wide-spread outage from a major provider grows daily. To mitigate this risk, cloud providers need to address the most common causes of outages, which include human errors, software issues, network downtime, hardware failure with corresponding failure of high availability architecture, and of course data centers.

Mass adoption of cloud computing has created a significant new risk: the potential to affect large numbers of companies and individuals in the event of a cloud services provider data center, infrastructure, or network failure.

The UL Data Center Certification Program addresses the continued reliability of key components of critical data center infrastructure by integrating the multiple disciplines of electrical, mechanical, security, life safety, building automation, and telecom to create a comprehensive service.

Leveraging extensive years of expertise in building safety and performance, UL addresses the fire, life safety and security aspect of data centers, and Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD), recognized as a leader in data center design,  evaluates the electrical, mechanical, telecommunications, and building automation systems. ESD is widely regarded as a thought leader by influencers in the data center engineering, colocation, and hyper-scale center industries.

The UL Data Center Certification Program provides services for the full spectrum of data center consumers – from small, public cloud users to large Fortune 1000 entities with diverse hybrid IT implementations.

The program incorporates six critical components that can be attributable to data center outages. Specific features include:

  1. Concurrent Maintainability A/MEP/Network
  2. Reliability
  3. Security
  4. Sustainability
  5. Commissioning
  6. Safety

Partnership Approach

Together, UL and ESD deliver superior enterprise expertise, program development, and go-to-market strategy. This partnership ensures expert knowledge and response from our data center team.

For more information about this program, please contact us at DataCenters@ul.com.