Intelligent Data Centres Issue 51 | Page 61

IONOS and Fasthosts achieve Tier IV certification for Worcester data centre

IONOS , a leading European digitisation partner for small and mediumsized businesses ( SMB ), and its UK subsidiary , Fasthosts , have secured Tier IV certification from the Uptime Institute for their £ 21 million state-of-the-art data centre , situated at Worcester Six Business Park .

As an independent third party , the Uptime Institute ’ s tiering is one of the most recognised standards for data centre reliability and performance . It has four distinct levels with ‘ Tier IV ’ being the highest . Any data centres in this category possess fully redundant infrastructures and offer the least anticipated downtime or best performance because of fault tolerance , compared to other tiers . Most Tier IV data centres are run by banks or other organisations with highly sensitive data .
“ We are very proud that our Worcester site is the only Tier IV constructed data centre facility publicly listed by Uptime Institute in the UK ,” said Markus Noga , Chief Technology Officer of IONOS . “ It ’ s our most modern and environmentally
friendly IONOS data centre yet and for it to have the highest level of certification is a remarkable achievement , which represents our ongoing commitment to excellence . In terms of security and availability , Worcester will be a blueprint for our future data centres .”
The new certification for the IONOS and Fasthosts data centre in Worcester is based on the design , facility demonstrations and on-site verification of the constructed facility , completed by Uptime Institute in the past months . The thorough certification process started already with the planning of the data centre more than two years ago .
Officially opened in October 2022 , the 43,708 sq ft unit comprises a cutting-edge 30,729 sq ft data centre and 12,978 sq ft of ancillary offices . It has a wide range of sustainable and energy-efficient features , including solar photovoltaic panels covering up to 10 % of the energy use at the site . All necessary carbon used for the construction of the building envelope has also been compensated .
The data centre is connected to the middle of the UK ’ s fibre figure of eight , linking the site directly to IONOS ’ backbone network with an outside capacity of 3,000 Gigabit per second . This strong fibre optic connectivity helps drive the latest technology in the region to support business growth , all while operating securely and sustainably . �
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