Tier III Gold
Third-Party Assessment and Validation
Iron Mountain DEN-1, formerly FORTRUST was the first Colocation Data Center in the US to receive a Tier III Gold Certification from the Uptime Institute. The Uptime Institute’s tier classification system is the industry standard for certifying a data center’s functionality, capacity, availability, and operational sustainability.
Iron Mountain DEN-1, formerly FORTRUST was the first Colocation Data Center in the US to receive a Tier III Gold Certification from the Uptime Institute.
WHAT IS TIER III GOLD?
Many data centers claim to be Tier III certified, but what does that really mean? When a data center is certified Tier III Constructed, it means the data center was designed and constructed to be concurrently maintainable. A Tier III Constructed data center requires no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance.
FORTRUST goes one step further and is Tier III Gold certified. A data center can only be Tier III Gold certified if it can pass an extensive assessment of management and operations; if the site location has a low risk for natural and man-made disasters; and if the building characteristics and features, like security, support data center availability.
Receiving Tier III Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability from Uptime Institute shows that all elements of the critical infrastructure of a data center are capable of enterprise-grade performance. It also demonstrates that exceptional management & operations behaviors, building characteristics, along with low site risks were observed during Uptime Institute’s audit.
The FORTRUST Tier III Gold Certification for Constructed Facility illustrates the company’s commitment to excellence in data center design, implementation and ongoing management.
— Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute
WHY DOES THIRD PARTY VALIDATION MATTER?
In the colocation marketplace, there are many self-proclaimed infrastructure tiers or levels of operation. But the reality is that you’re only as good as what others say about you.
Third-party validation by the Uptime Institute provides an independent, unbiased assessment of a data center. The typical colocation customer doesn’t have time to look at the blueprints of a data center or observe their intricate operations and conclude whether they may positively or negatively impact a data center’s service delivery. The Uptime Institute does this investigation for you.
Uptime Institute leverages their expertise to assess data centers and label them with a corresponding tier certification that reveals their expected level of reliability to potential customers, giving customers the tools to make an informed judgement on a potential data center partner.
PEACE OF MIND WITH TIER III GOLD
The Uptime Institute reviewed FORTRUST in light of each category. They determined that all potential natural or man-made disaster risks were non-existent or low, and that proper mitigation for any potential risks were in place and satisfactory. Uptime Institute extensively reviewed FORTRUST’s management and operations, as well as our building’s characteristics, and found them to be congruent with continuous data center availability.
FORTRUST’s Denver data center received one of the highest scores recorded by the Uptime Institute. Iron Mountain DEN-1, formerly FORTRUST was the first Colocation Data Center in the US to receive a Tier III Gold Certification from the Uptime Institute.
Evaluating Data Centers Using Uptime Institute’s Tier Certifications
Many data centers claim to be Tier Certified by Uptime Institute, the global data center authority, but what does that really mean? Uptime Institute's Tier Classification System is the industry standard for certifying a data center's functionality, capacity, availability and operational sustainability. This allows customers to evaluate and compare data centers on a standardized scale.
What Does it Mean to be a Tier III Gold Data Center?
When choosing a colocation data center, it’s important to understand how it is managed and operated before placing your critical IT environment there. Uptime Institute, the global data center authority, is the only group licensed to rate and certify data centers around the world in a vendor-agnostic, third-party certification process designed to assess, rate and certify systems and operational sustainability.