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Tier 1 Data Center

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Sounds like: "tier one da-ta cen-ter"

A Tier 1 data center is the lowest certification in the Uptime Institute’s system of classifying data center performance into four tiers.

Tier 1 data centers must achieve the following:

  • Meets basic capacity and infrastructure requirements. Tier 1 facilities may be in an office setting or more and may include an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), a designated area for IT systems, dedicated cooling equipment, and a generator.
  • No redundancy. Tier 1 facilities may help protect from downtime caused by human error, but preventative maintenance and repairs require a complete shutdown.
  • No more than 28.8 hours of downtime per year. This is the maximum amount of downtime allowed in a year for maintenance and emergencies.
  • 99.671% uptime. This the least amount of uptime that an Uptime Institute certified facility can guarantee.

This tier is targeted to small businesses looking for a cost-effective solution that don’t have the requirements or budgets for Tier 2, Tier 3, or Tier 4 data centers.

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