Uptime Institute Awards India's First Tier Certifications

By Uptime Institute, PRNE
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Five Datacraft onecloud Data Center Designs Receive Tier III Certification, On Track for the Largest Portfolio of Tier Certified Data Centers in the World

NEW YORK, March 30, 2011 - Uptime Institute (www.uptimeinstitute.org/), an industry thought
leader in research, education and consulting for all aspects of the data
center, today announced the completed Certification of the design of five
Datacraft onecloud data centers in India as Tier III Concurrently
Maintainable. A Tier III Certification signifies true 24×7 availability as
the data centers are designed specifically to ensure that no downtime occurs
due to equipment maintenance or replacement.

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A total of six Datacraft onecloud data centers will receive Uptime
Institute's Design and Facility Certification this year. Upon completion,
this will represent the largest portfolio of Tier Certified data centers in
the world. Datacraft's design-build partner for all of these sites is Emerson
Network Power India.

Uptime Institute is currently processing 11 Tier III and IV
Certifications in India alone. These agreements, all signed within the last
four months, demonstrate the level of demand and explosive growth of the
Indian market for highly available data centers.

"Datacraft exemplifies market leadership in India with Uptime Institute's
Tiers Classification and Certification System, distinguishing Datacraft as
exceptional among Indian providers with independent verification of
continuous availability," said Martin McCarthy, Uptime Institute executive
chairman. "Tier Certification is insurance for substantial data center
investment without impacting or restricting important speed to market. We
anticipate that Tier Certification will become commonly adopted in the
booming Indian data center market by top enterprises and service providers
who want to assure investment value and ensure that business objectives of
availability can be met."

"The fact that all six of our data center facilities in India will be
Uptime Institute Tier III Certified by the end of 2011 illustrates our
commitment to deliver best-in-class services," said Dilip Kumar, COO of
Datacraft Asia, Pte Ltd. "These facilities, built in partnership with BSNL,
operate under the brand onecloud - and provide a comprehensive range of
co-location, hosted, cloud and managed services, particularly to the
government and public sectors. With the Uptime Institute Certification, our
clients can be assured that our IT services provide business continuity,
security and system availability to world-class standards. Tier III
Certification gives our data centers a mark of excellence."

"These Certifications demonstrate that the Tiers are both applicable and
recognizable around the world. The Tier system allows comparison and
recognition of data center strength and sophistication that transcend borders
or time zones," said Julian Kudritzki, Vice President of Uptime Institute.
"In India and the 29 other countries where we are awarding Tier
Certifications to data centers, there is no conflict between code,
regulation, or law and the Uptime Institute's Standards."

Tier Certification is a third-party, unbiased validation of a data
center's capability to perform maintenance or respond to a fault without
affecting the data center's availability. It is the only Certification to the
Uptime Institute's Tier Classification System (Tier I-IV).

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute is an unbiased, third-party data center research,
education and consulting organization focused on improving data center
performance and efficiency. The Institute serves all stakeholders of the data
center industry, including enterprise and third-party owners and operators,
manufacturers, providers and engineers. Uptime Institute Professional
Services is the data center management and engineering consulting offering of
Uptime Institute. It delivers due diligence assessments and Certifications of
site infrastructure and site management in accordance with the Tier and
Operational Sustainability Standards.

Serving clients worldwide, Uptime Institute Professional Services is
delivering consulting, Certifications and Accreditations in over 50
countries. For additional information see

Uptime Institute is a part of The 451 Group, a leading independent IT
research and analyst organization focused on the business of enterprise IT
innovation. The 451 Group also operates Tier 1 Research, which analyzes the
financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and
private companies within the hosting, communications and Internet
infrastructure sectors.

About Datacraft

Datacraft is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dimension Data plc, a US $4.7
leading global IT solutions and services provider. Datacraft operates
in over 60 offices across 13 Asia Pacific countries. We help clients plan,
build, support, manage, improve and innovate their IT infrastructures.
Datacraft combines an expertise in networking, security, data centre
solutions, Microsoft solutions and converged communications & contact centre
technologies, with advanced skills in consulting, integration, training and
managed services to craft IT solutions for businesses. For more information,
please visit www.datacraft-asia.com

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