Botswana Data Centre hosts Uptime Institute

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

The Uptime Institute, a global independent technology research, analysis and professional services firm specialising in enterprise IT, hosted the Botswana Data Centre Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday 15th March, 2016 at Masa Square Lansmore Hotel.

Through Uptime Institute’s Lilia Severina, who is the organisation’s Business Development Director, the breakfast session discussed data and networking systems and components for the company's IT needs, which typically involve storing, processing and serving large amounts of mission-critical data to clients in client or server architecture.

According to Thato Jordan, ICT Project Coordinator at Botswana Innovation Hub, “setting up the country’s first science and technology park, Botswana Innovation Hub aims to harness the rapid spread of digital technologies for the socio-economic uplifting of Batswana. Botswana Innovation Hub aims to create new scientific, technological and indigenous-knowledge based business opportunities that generate knowledge-based job opportunities and contribute to the country’s economic development and competitiveness.”

He explained that the state-of-the-art science and technology park will offer world class services including high quality road infrastructure, street lighting, telecommunications infrastructure with high capacity international connectivity and uninterrupted power and water, as well as professional business and technology transfer services.

“The provision of superior ICT infrastructure planned for the science and technology park entails data centres which often require extensive redundant or backup power supply systems, cooling systems, redundant networking connections and policy-based security systems for running the enterprise's core applications.”

 Still, on the partnership with Uptime Institute, Jordan said this is meant to bolster standards for assuring the integrity and functionality of the parks data centre. “The Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration, and independent certifications,” he stated.

Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry leading standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers. Uptime Institute is recognized globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards and Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operations, along with its Management and Operations (M and O) Stamp of Approval, FORCSS methodology, and Efficient IT Stamp of Approval.

Meanwhile, The Uptime Institute's data center tier concepts have grown from a publication in the late 1990s of the Tier Classifications Define Site Infrastructure Performance white paper to a standard guiding design and investment for data centers globally. The data center tier standards are a standardized methodology used to determine availability in a facility. It offers companies a way to measure return on investment (ROI) and performance. There are two forms of Tier Certifications: Tier Certification of Design Documents, Tier Certification of Constructed Facility.

The tier certification refers only to the physical topology of the data centers' infrastructure that directly affects the computer room operation. The certifications are awarded in four levels: Tier IV - Fault tolerant site infrastructure, Tier III - Concurrently maintainable site infrastructure, Tier II - Redundant capacity components site infrastructure (redundant), Tier I - Basic site infrastructure (non-redundant).

In September, 2013 the Uptime Institute announced the creation of the Brill Awards (named in honor of the late founder of the Uptime Institute, Ken Brill). “The Awards are described as having been created 'to recognize efficiency in the broadest sense of the word—efficiency of capital deployment, technology, design, operations, and overall management,” explained Uptime Institute’s information desk.

As is befitting, the awards recognize IT efficiency in five categories, across four global regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America, and APAC. Judges will consider the merits of projects in each of the five categories. At their discretion, as many as 20 worldwide Brill Award winners will be selected.

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