Consolidated as the leader of Latin America’s Colocation market – with 22 dedicated data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, 15 in operation and seven under construction – Ascenty announced the completion of yet another certification process, now totaling four standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) across all of its units, in addition to securing the new energy management ISO 50.001 at the Hortolândia campus. With the latest addition, the company now has more than 100 certifications across its data centers.
In addition to classifying all units as Tier III – representing the data centers with highest availability in the market –, the ISO certifications consolidate Ascenty as a provider of Colocation and services of high connectivity and low latency, based on standards of excellence in environmental management, corporate social responsibility, and occupational health & safety.
The Hortolândia Data Center campus, opened in 2015, was chosen as the pilot for the ISO 50.001 certification, considering the complex follows a unique development process in terms of technology. The campus has three data centers in operation and another one under construction, scheduled to begin operation in the first half of 2021.
“After securing the ISO 50.001 seal for all Hortolândia data centers, attesting to our responsible environmental management efforts from an energy standpoint, the certification process for all other units is much easier, since we already know which demands we must meet for the specific characteristics of each data center,” said Fábio Trimarco, Ascenty’s Compliance and Quality Manager. “It takes at least 6 months to certify the standards on average, and then we have the challenge of the year-round recertification and continuous improvement processes,” he added.
Ascenty also holds four other ISO standards, including 14.001, related to environmental management, 20.000, certifying excellence in the provision of information technology services, 27.001, related to information security management, and 37.001, covering anti-bribery management.
In the ISG Provider Lens™ 2020 report released in June – an independent study by the Information Services Group (ISG) –, Ascenty ranked as the Colocation market leader in Brazil. The study conclude that all data centers have “rigorous certifications” and that the company offers “unmatched capacity” to meet the “most demanding clients”.
Compliance up to date
Besides the ISOs and the Tier III certification, Ascenty has three other management standards demonstrating compliance with the market’s most demanding standards.
The PCI-DSS, obtained for all data centers between 2013 and 2019, certifies data security for the credit card segment. The standard gathers all elements required to guarantee the security of online banking transactions.
Ascenty is also certified by the SOC 1 Type II standard, which attests compliance with controls protecting the confidentiality and privacy of information stored and processed in the cloud. The company is currently in the process of certifying all units in SOC 1, 2 and 3 Type II – bolstering the legitimacy of cloud service provider controls: the process should be completed by January 2021.
Finally, the TUV TR3 standard ensures availability, security and efficiency for the business continuity of clients using Ascenty’s data centers. The certification guarantees that the installed infrastructure enables any locally planned activity with zero downtime.