Uptime Institute Announces Accreditation for Data Center Managers

The Uptime Institute announced the first sessions of its new Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS) course. ATS builds upon the success of the Institute’s Accredited Tier Designer (ATD) course which has already accredited 97 elite design engineers from 15 countries during its first year.

The main cause of data center outages is human error. The main focuses of the Accredited Tier Specialist course is to avoid the common mistakes that can cause failure, as well as optimizing available resources.

Accredited Tier Specialist help data center managers and their support teams attain clarity and insight on how to improve their data center operations through specific use of the Uptime Institute’s Standards.

Uptime Institute Senior Faculty lead these courses. They are eminently qualified to lead the training because they developed and practically applied the Institute Standards at high availability facilities around the world.

ATS is a three-day course. It addresses the successful application of the Uptime Institute’s Tier Standard: Topology and the newly released Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability from an operators’ and managers’ perspective.

“The evolving and expanding role of computerized function, especially in terms of revenue generating services, raises the stakes for sustained uptime and lowers tolerance for costly failures,” said Julian Kudritzki, vice president, Uptime Institute, LLC.

The ATS curriculum was developed for data center owners and operators who apply the Tier Standards to ensure their critical facilities are designed, built, and operated to meet the uptime needs of the business. The course provides the knowledge to refute the myths and misconceptions that cause organizations to misdirect their investments. The tools detailed in the course will also improve attendees’ capabilities to communicate the needs of the data center to upper management and thereby positively influence spending decisions.

After the 3-day intensive course, three is an examination. This course helps attendees to improve their existing skills by:

  • Applying Uptime Institute Standards to maintain or improve uptime
  • Aligning infrastructure and staffing investment with the business case
  • Improving communication to stakeholders about the true potential of the data center or portfolio
  • Effectively managing outside consultants and resources

Those that pass the examination at the conclusion of course instruction will receive a professional designation from the Uptime Institute. ATS awardees will be listed on a publicly available roster.

“Uptime Institute’s ATS course is an important addition to our portfolio of educational resources since it addresses the full range of physical infrastructure and personnel issues-for the benefit of the team directly responsible for sustained uptime,” Kudritzki said.

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