Friday, April 5, 2013

TIA 942 data centres official CERTIFICATION?

Today I ve read a very shocking news

TIA and EPI Announce Licensing Agreement on Data Center Standards Training
In Response to Global Demand, EPI Will Offer International Certified Training Courses on TIA-942 

Standards to Data Center Professionals

ARLINGTON, VA (April 04, 2013) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, and Enterprise Products Integration (EPI) a leading data centre training and audit organization today announced that they have entered into a licensing agreement that allows EPI to build and conduct international certified training courses for the ANSI/TIA-942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standards for Data Centers. The courses will initially be launched in Asia, but will eventually become available to data center professionals worldwide.

What does it mean for the DC industry aroundthe globe?

Well All those facilities concern on be "certificate" by a recognized entity has a new plate to gain.
As all we know the USA.based    Association has a DC document that was primarly focused on TI infrastructure -cabling- but has other systems included in their annexs that make sense when you are designing, building, operating  a facility.

My perception is that this TIA move will shake our industry  as the "TIER" concept has done before or HoT/Cold aisle did. Of course it will take time for the EPI guys to set up a global operation for training however I am quite sure that there willbe certain markets that will embrace this concept easily.

But what will happen with "certification" if an recognized auditor granted that  certain facility complies with the USA standard (this is a good standing document because is endorsed by ANSI the USA standarization body recognized by ISO).

Who will "print" the plate ? 
Who will endorse the auditing documentation?
What will happen with the UTI.  Certificates?.

Well I am pretty sure that this will be answered very soon.

Or what do you think?

Roberto Sanchez,RCDD
México