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What is the DCA Certifications Scheme? 

The DCA Certifications Scheme addresses the key aspects of the data centre by identifying its resilience level, site physical security, energy efficiency and operational professionalism.


These four key areas are the main focus for both design and operation, and therefore critical indicators for users and customers of colocation, hosting and outsourcing service providers. The aim of the scheme is to improve decision making and provide a meaningful insight into the data centres fit-for-purpose business role, environmental impact, management culture and reliability.  

What is the purpose of DCA Certification Scheme?

The purpose of the DCA Certification scheme is to provide an industry led, widely adopted recognition of a data centre's designed purpose, its operational integrity, energy efficiency practices and site access security.

The DCA Certification Scheme will provide the customer or end client with clear identification of the resilience goal and an assurance that this resilience goal is realised by a valid strategy that is deployed and maintained through a process of independent inspection, renewal of certification and annual surveillance checks.

In addition the process will also assure customers that operations, maintenance, energy efficiency and access control security policies are correctly maintained in-line with the resilience goal and the contents of the data centre.
If the data centre is a colocation or hosting facility, the DCA Certification will inform the customer that these policies have been independently verified.

This is to help determine whether the needs and risk profile of the customer’s particular use can be met by the data centre. 

Members of the DCA, are able to contribute and collaborate on future revisions of the Scheme, and as custodians, are committed to maintain the scheme as:

Independent – The customer may select the firm of their choice to carry out and co-ordinate their data centre audit.

Transparent - A "four line” sign off process is required for an auditable commitment to the data centre's design and operation whilst ensuring quality and trust in the programme's results.

Affordable - The DCA is a non-profit Industry Association and will charge a fixed rate designed to cover the administration of the scheme

Unified – The DCA Certification scheme aims to unify and harmonise industry recognised practice, International and regional standards.

Clear – The DCA Certification aims to provide industry wide clarity to minimise subjective viewpoints.

Consistent - The programme will require renewal to ensure the design goal is still valid and all operational standards are maintained.

Democratic – The DCA programme aims to be "industry led” with rigorous governance provided by the DCA.  

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DCA Certifications - Released Documents

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Releases for the DCA Certification Scheme
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
DCA Certification Guidelines for Data Centre V2.2 PDF (898.27 KB) Administration 22/10/2015
DCA Certification Requirements V1.6 PDF (668.99 KB)  more ] Administration 24/06/2015
DCA Certifications Brochure PDF (5.96 MB) Administration 16/04/2015
End Client Terms and Conditions PDF (241.79 KB)  more ] Administration 25/03/2015
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