Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More about Data Center Tier Levels

You may refer to our previous discussion about Data Center Uptime and Tier Levels:
http://green-data.blogspot.com/2014/07/data-center-tier-levels-and-uptime.html


Let's evaluate the configuration of critical system / supply with the diagrams:


Tier I

Components capacity to support IT load is 100%
Single distribution path
Rack power < 1kW Multi-points of failure and human errors
Schedule maintenance twice per annum last for 12 hours
Availability 99.67%, annual down time max. 28.8 hours





Tier II

Components capacity to support IT load is N+1
Redundant for critical components
Single distribution path
Rack power < 2kW
Multi-points of failure and human errors
Schedule maintenance 3 times every 2 years each 12 hours
Availability 99.75%, annual down time max. 22 hours





Tier III

Components capacity to support IT load is N+1
Redundant for all components and distribution path
Allow concurrent maintenance
Rack power > 3kW
Require MV supply (11kV in Hong Kong)
Some failure points and human errors
Schedule maintenance not required
Availability 99.98%, annual down time max. 96 mins (Depends on the Situation)





Tier IV

Components capacity to support IT load is N after any failure
Dual active distribution path
No Single Point of Failure
Rack power > 4kW
Require MV supply (11kV in Hong Kong)
Fault Tolerant, Fire, EPO and human errors
Schedule maintenance not required
Availability 99.99%, annual down time max. 48 mins (Depends on the Situation)








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