Uptime Institute recently presented EBRC with Tier IV Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) for their Kayl Resilience Centre South—the first Tier IV TCCF in Luxembourg, third in Europe, and ninth worldwide. Based in Luxembourg, EBRC offers data center, resilience, cloud, continuity, advisory, and managed services.
Tier Certification is an unbiased, third-party validation of each and every system, providing assurances that there are not shortfalls or weak links anywhere in the data center infrastructure. Facility Certification confirms that the facility was constructed, not just designed, to meet an organization’s chosen availability objective.
Uptime Institute Senior Consultant Debbie Seidman said that, “EBRC was prepared and overall, the demonstrations went well. They were interested to learn from the Uptime Institute team and take the knowledge gained from this site to improve future sites and enhance design, operations and maintenance.”
The Tier-specific demonstrations enhanced the commissioning process. One example was demonstrations with differing UPS module configurations (what modules were isolated and which modules were in operation). Other tests performed included operating for a period without the chiller to verify continuous cooling chilled-water storage capacity for the Tier IV requirement. The demonstrations verified sufficiently sized chilled-water storage for continuous cooling upon loss of utility power. The chillers are not on UPS power and will shut down on loss of utility power. After power switches to engine-generator sources, the chillers need several minutes to fully restart and run. During this time, the thermal storage provided chilled water to meet the cooling loads. During this continuous cooling demonstration, the chilled water pumps and CRAH fans were proven to continue operating on UPS power.
“What impressed me most about this project is not the ‘stuff,’ it is the people,” said Ed Rafter, Uptime Institute Principal. “The most compelling message taken from this EBRC TCCF demonstration is not the technical capabilities of the facility, which are significant, but the sense of commitment of management and the engineering personnel. Bruno Fery, EBRC Head of Datacentre Services, has sincerely empowered his engineering staff. They are truly significant contributors for the successful execution of the data center design, construction, and commissioning. Mr. Fery is one of those rare managers who relies on his people and they have risen to the challenge.”
Mr. Rafter went on to say, “All high-performance organizations are committed to their human assets’ contribution to the organization, but EBRC exemplifies this corporate thinking and culture. I expect we will hear much more on EBRC and their successes.”