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DIGICEL announced on Friday that it has been awarded Tier III Design Certification for its Data Centre facility in Jamaica, a critical endorsement for the firm's ability to provide cloud services.
Digicel received the award from the Uptime Institute, recognized within the industry as the world leading standards body for Data Centres.
"The Uptime Institute is pleased to announce that Digicel has achieved Tier III Design Certification as fulfilling the Institutes Concurrently Maintainable data centre criteria — We would like to congratulate Digicel on this achievement — the first Tier III Certified data centre in Jamaica," said Vincent Renaud, managing Principle and Tier certification Authority at Uptime Institute.
According to Digicel, this makes its data centre the only Tier III certified facility in Jamaica and in the Caribbean.
"This is a very important milestone for Digicel and importantly for our customers — it is also another first to market for us in Jamaica. With this being the highest achievable rating in the region, it provides our customers with access to a facility on par with some the best in the world. Customers at our Data Centre can rest assured that their systems and data are secured and powered to the highest possible standard within Digicel's Tier III certified Data Centre," said Digicel Jamaica CEO, Mark Linehan in a press release.
The firm said that the Tier III certification confirms that its mechanical and electrical infrastructure has the highest level of redundancy possible in any market that is served by a single Power Utility provider — which is the case for most countries and territories in the world. It further confirms that every component of Digicel's infrastructure has the resilience and redundancy necessary to keep its facility fully operational in the event there is a major power systems failure, or if the systems need to be taken out of production for planned maintenance activities, added the company in the press release.
Digicel is investing heavily in the development of Cloud Services in Jamaica and the fundamental foundation block for this technology is the requirement to host these platforms in a certified Data Centre. Digicel Business, the corporate arm of the telecom provider, announced last week that it was now offering Cloud Backup to its business customers.
Opened in November 2009, Digicel has invested a total of $600 million on the three-storey facility with 8,000 square feet of space available to businesses in Jamaica and across the region. The Tier III Data Centre is currently supporting the critical IT infrastructure of businesses and Government entities within its Data Centre with services, such as Managed Hosting, Cloud Backup and Colocation.
From left: David Bates, head of ICT Sales at Digicel Business; Jason Corrigan, Digicel commercial
director; Brian Bennett-Easy, head of Digicel Business and Digicel Jamaica CEO Mark Linehan share a
moment at the launch of Digicel Cloud Services at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday.
(Photo: Jermaine Barnaby)
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