Tier Wars: The Battle for Data Center Standards

Start Time: 10/24/2017 3:30:00 PM
End Time: 10/24/2017 4:30:00 PM

In the late 1990's, Ken Brill created the concept of a "tier system of availably" based primarily on redundancy levels in a facility’s power and cooling infrastructure. Since then, many data center designers and operators have adopted his concepts directly or indirectly, but debate continues as to whether the tier rating system is a true standard or simply a proprietary rating method. In recent years, competing versions of the tier system have emerged, causing confusion and doubt among the data center community regarding which classification system is appropriate. This session will provide an overview of the combatants in the Tier Wars and scrutinize the competing rating schemes.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the key points of different rating systems
2. Evaluate fundamental elements of data center "availability"
3. Identify the difference between Redundancy, Reliability and Resilience
4. Examine the underpinning of data center redundancy (N, N+1, 2N, etc.)
5. Assess the current significance of the physical facility tier level in the age of the cloud

Presented by:

Julius Neudorfer, DCEP
Chief Technology Officer
North American Access Technologies, Inc.

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Room Number: H

Audience: Intermediate

CEU: 0.1


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