Data Centre Alliance
The Data Centre Alliance (DCA) is a not-for-profit
international Industry association representing the interests of the data
centre infrastructure sector. The main activities of the DCA include:
- Driving awareness of the data centre industry to the business world, the media, governments and the general public.
- Promoting the development and harmonisation of data centre standards.
- Leading the industry’s research and development agenda.
- Addressing the data centre sector’s skills gap
- Engaging collaboration with the industry’s stakeholders
- Working on programmes to improve environmental sustainability
Membership is open to all data centre operators both private and commercial as well as supply chain organisations which support the industry.
The DCA recognises
standards are fragmented and sometimes conflicting, which can confuse both
customers and policymakers. Therefore the DCA’s objective is to address these
issues by engaging our members with:
- Assisting development and harmonisation of standards at both International (ISO/IEC) and European (EN) committees.
- Ensuring customers recognise value, quality and operational professionalism
- Driving forward solutions which reduce the risk of misaligned legislation
Training & Skills
Over the last twenty years the
data centre industry has radically changed. Today the data centre sits at the
heart of all digital services and can therefore be regarded as a ‘critical
industry’ that all citizens depend on for their economic and social well-being.
Due to the
data centre industry's relatively short history, the expertise is largely held
by people who have gained their knowledge "on the job" therefore a
major objective of the DCA is to work very closely with academia and training
organisations ensuring the industry has the skills to meet the challenges of
- Developing ‘grassroots’ programmes connecting young people to the industry.
- Working with all stakeholders to build data centre skills, roadmaps and frameworks
- Promoting the value of data centre training and encouraging ‘critical thinking’
‘critical industries’ draw down vast sums of funding enabling them to invest in
research and development projects. This has compromised the data centre
sector’s ability to drive improvement and innovation.
The formation of the DCA
as an industry association has secured the industry’s ability to access this
essential funding which enables a coordinated strategy to be developed.
- Setting a research agenda
- Building collaboration and widening participation
- Developing innovation and new markets
The data centre is considered a
significant user of energy and a large contributor to climate change. At the same time, the data centre is also a
key enabler of many green initiatives.
Data centres are the very backbone of our IT systems but
present a unique set of challenges with regard to energy use which is often
Many good guidelines and codes have been initiated already that are
recognised and supported by the DCA, but to maximise these successfully, coordinated
strategies are needed to gain the maximum exploitation and adoption.
- Promoting and driving awareness of ‘best practice’
- Developing strategies to link data centre standards, training & skills to reduce the impact of data centres on the environment.
- Focussing our R&D programmes to encourage innovation in environmentally sustainable technology and solutions.
Industry Wide Collaboration
Successful business sectors all rely on a professional and trusted
industry association to represent them. Although there are many groups which
focus on specific elements of the data centre, without collaboration the data
centre industry sector as a whole cannot have a unified voice. The DCA’s
objectives include ensuring:
- Independent and free from commercial agendas
- Coordinated voice for the industry
- Collaboration with all related groups, media partners and stakeholders through our strategic alliance programme