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Data Centre Classification

by John Herbert | Director


The dramatic consequences of a power outage or air conditioning failure in your data centre damages a key area of your business, reputation.

Financial losses could be counted in the millions, however recovering your business reputation may take more than just money.

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Always on is the mantra, however reality often blocks the way, the Uptime Institute reported that the cost of an information outage caused by just a single infrastructure failure can sometimes exceed the whole annual budget for your infrastructure operation.

Furthermore, while infrastructure failures only represent less than four percent (4%) of all outage events, they account for twenty five (25%) or more of all outage downtime.

Since we can't yet operate high density data centres without electrical power, and the requisite cooling, the E&M infrastructure is a critical element of data centre operation. And operator and managers need a tool to ensure that all practical measures have been undertaken to ensure the stability, and reliability.


Unlike other environments data centres are unique in that they are continuously evolving, requirements and loads change with new technology and hardware upgrades. Even new build data centres, the IT configuration is amended several times between concept and closeout.

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Furthermore over time new hardware, and IT configurations are added to cope with increasing demand, this requires additional electrical power and computer equipment. For example newer blade servers allow more IT capacity to be fitted into a standard computer rack than ever before, but can the cooling system cope?

Unchecked expansion affects the stability of the E&M infrastructure systems

In the same way as an accountant reviews the business finances to ensure that all the credits and debits match, Kelcroft independently verifies and validates the classification of data centre infrastructure.

Additionally Kelcroft can check whether the DC will comply with other client specifications, government, military, TIA 942, etc.

End Users

End users often assume that a datacentre will perform as advertised, experience indicates otherwise. The US based Uptime Institute, creator of the Tier I-IV specification have added there considerable support, recommending an independent auditing, trust but verify.

 Annual Independent auditing recommended by Uptime Institute (www.uptime.org)

Having an independent consultant validate the DC infrastructure provides confirmation that the Tier 3 datacentre is still Tier 3 and will deliver promises to customers.


Kelcroft's data centre independent services create a report card for the essential E&M infrastructure that underpins your business critical operations.

It is a systematic and methodical assessment of the essential, and non-essential Building Services (E&M) that support your data centre.


Designing the critical support systems to keep you operational 24/7, benefits:

  • Experience matters
  • Millions of square feet online
  • Professional responsive approach
  • Personal service
  • Trusted results

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Kelcroft helps you creates international standard state of the art data centres, computer rooms, and mission critical facilities giving you trouble free operation and peace of mind.

With millions of square feet already operational you can trust Kelcroft's expertise to design, and deliver a problem free data centre environment.

with no room for error experts recommend Annual data centre audit to ensure that the critical systems are working at peak performance

Kelcroft's international data centre experience delivers a competitive edge for your business, contact the datacentre experts today.

Further Information

For further information regarding Kelcroft's services, call today, our Hong Kong office telephone: +(852) 2335 9830, send us a fax +(852) 2335 9862, or send us an email message