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February 1, 2010

Mtg: The Importance of Tier Standards: Topology for Data Center Functionality

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WEDNESDAY February 17, 2010
SCV Power & Energy and Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: W. Pitt Turner IV, PE, Executive Director, Uptime Institute
Time: Dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $25 IEEE members, $30 nonmembers, $10 students
Place: Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: Please email by Feb. 15th to James Alvers,, 925-463-7115

With the increasing importance of data centers, weâ??ve probably all heard about â??Tier Standards??? but may not have a formal or accurate understanding of them.? The Tiers indicate the ability of a site infrastructure to accommodate maintenance opportunities to keep the equipment in like new condition.? They establish four levels of functionality for data center site infrastructure and have evolved over the past ten years into an effective international benchmark for end-users, operators and designers.? This presentation will address the Uptime Institute’s Tier Standard for Topology, the criteria for evaluating the functionality of an individual data center site and the planned expansion of the Tier Standard to include Operational Sustainability.
Specific topics will include:
* Definition of the Uptime Instituteâ??s Four Tier System.
* The relationship between Tiers, functionality and availability.
* Common misconceptions.
* Frequently encountered deficiencies.
* How the Tier Standards program is evolving.
The advent of Cloud Computing will make data center standards even more important, allowing comparison of reliability, functionality and investment.? Therefore, Tiers will continue to have a key role in site functionality definition.

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