Global standard for data centers: New ISO certificate maps complete infrastructure
Top team at the Arvato Systems data center: Klaus Ruhmöller, Jürgen Matzat, Markus Schwarz, Robin Röseler (from left to right).
Arvato Systems is the first data center operator in Germany to be certified by TÜV SÜD according to the new ISO/IEC 22237 standard. This globally uniform standard makes it possible to take a holistic approach to data centers and addresses all aspects of the facility and infrastructure. A data center certified to ISO/IEC 22237 must meet clear requirements for availability and security as well as energy efficiency.
Arvato Systems’ high-availability data centers are among the most secure and modern in Germany. For many years now, they have repeatedly been extensively certified according to national and international standards – including the DIN EN 50600 standard, which has been authoritative for data center operators since 2015.
The approach taken in this standard is now being taken up by the new ISO/IEC 22237 standard and raised to the international level. This makes it possible to plan, build and operate data centers worldwide according to the same principles and to rely on tested quality. This applies, for example, to areas such as ensuring availability and the quality of management processes, but also to the important issues of energy efficiency and sustainability in terms of the efficient use of resources.
The requirements of ISO/IEC 22237 are defined in the seven parts of the standard:
* General concepts
* Building construction
* Power supply and distribution
* Environmental control
* Telecommunications cabling infrastructure
* Security systems and
* Management and operation.
Parts 1, 3 and 4 have been published to date; the remaining parts are currently available as technical specifications and will follow successively in the coming years.
For customers of data center operators, this means that with data centers certified to ISO/IEC 22237, they can rely on quality tested to uniform standards worldwide. Another advantage is that the entire infrastructure is mapped in just one single certificate. This is not only efficient and simplifies comparability, even in an international context, but at the same time provides a solid basis for drafting contracts.
“Arvato Systems’ data centers have already been regularly tested and certified by TÜV SÜD for many years,” says Markus Schwarz, Manager Data Center at Arvato Systems. “Since TÜV SÜD is now one of the first companies to offer certification according to ISO/IEC 22237, we naturally took this opportunity directly, because we are convinced of the quality of our data center services. This has been confirmed by the successful certification, which we are very pleased about.”
Thomas Grüschow, lead auditor at TÜV SÜD, adds: “The fact that Arvato Systems has met the high requirements of ISO/IEC 22237 and was the first company in Germany to be certified speaks for the high quality of the data centers and the processes behind them. What is exciting for data center operators is the mapping of the complete infrastructure in just one certificate and the international nature of the new standard. Through certifications according to ISO/IEC 22237, we provide more security for planners and investors of data centers as well as for customers of data center operators.”