Sun Life Financial completes Tier Certification of Constructed Facility and receives Tier III award from Uptime Institute
Posted by Sarah Lee Thomas | Posted in Uptime Institute Awards, Uptime Institute Certifications and Consulting, Uptime Institute Clients, Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 21-01-2014
Uptime Institute awards the Sun Life Financial Waterloo Data Centre Tier III Certified Constructed Facility (TCCF). Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services company, offering a diverse range of insurance and investment products. The Waterloo facility is the organization’s primary data center for internal and external business processes.
A couple of years prior, Uptime Institute performed a Condition, Capacity, and Capability (3Cs) review, to give Sun Life Financial a better picture of how the data center measured up against the organization’s Tier III goal. Using the 3Cs, Sun Life Financial identified gaps and developed a plan to upgrade the existing data center to meet Tier III requirements.
The first milestone in the Certification process is Tier Certification of Design Documents (TCDD). Sun Life Financial completed this step during the first half of 2013, paving the way for the next milestone—TCCF. What is TCCF?
After receiving the Tier III TCDD award, Sun Life Financial upgraded the existing data center with no down time.
Sun Life Financial successfully completed the TCCF process with no issues or impact to operations. Executing on its design documents, Sun Life Financial installed multiple upgrades, including new switch boards, UPS systems, an engine generator, and static transfer switches. The upgrades—along with testing and demonstrations—were performed off-hours with minimal impact on business operations. As a result of the upgrades, the team can now perform regular maintenance without impacting day-to-day business. Planned maintenance is critical to ensuring any data center meets its availability requirements.
Sun Life Financial also won a Server Roundup Award in 2013. The annual Uptime Institute Server Roundup contest was launched in October 2011 to raise awareness about the removal and recycling of comatose and obsolete IT equipment in an effort to reduce data center energy use.
Sun Life Financial removed 387 servers in 2012, which resulted in 32 kilowatts of power savings across three data centers and financial savings of approximately $8,800 per month.
Since the contest’s launch two years ago, Server Roundup participants have decommissioned and recycled 30,000 units of obsolete IT equipment.