The Uptime Institute awards Colt with Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval for data centre operations

Colt, Europe’s leading information delivery platform, has been awarded the Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval for its London 3 site. Colt is the first data centre operator in Europe to be accredited, demonstrating its leadership in the industry.

Julian Kudritzki, Vice President at the Uptime Institute commented, "Colt’s M&O approved London 3 site management not only deserves congratulations, but reinforces Colt’s commitment to excellence in operations."

The Institute’s M&O Stamp of Approval validates that Colt’s facility satisfies industry-recognised criteria. This criteria is deemed essential to achieve full uptime potential, obtain maximum leverage of the installed infrastructure and design, improve the efficiency of operations and realise opportunities for energy efficiency.

Guy Ruddock, VP Operations at Colt said, “This is a milestone, not only for Colt but for the industry as a whole. This standard is industry-led and directly links staffing, maintenance and operations to uptime and through it we have proved our people and processes are world class.”

Colt underwent an intensive audit which scrutinised every aspect of how it manages and operates its data centre site. The audit took into consideration everything from the processes for servicing equipment and investment in training through to the effectiveness of its communications to staff and subcontractors.

“Human error is one of the biggest causes of data centre downtime, costing companies thousands of Euros. More and more customers are now looking to certification as an assurance that their data centre is effective and reliable in the long term.” Ruddock added.

Colt is one of 11 technology leaders that are members of the Uptime Institute Coalition where industry criteria for operational excellence is scrutinised to help achieve lower carbon emissions and to reduce downtime. Members include enterprise owned, outsourced operations and 3rd party or multi-tenant industry organisations.

Mr Kudritzki said, "Colt’s participation in the coalition went above and beyond our expectations. Not only helping clarify those behaviours that need to exist in a data centre, independent of the infrastructure, but opening up access to staff and facilities for hands-on validation."


About Colt Modular Data Centres:

  • Deliver highly flexible, fully operational data centre halls to customers in less than four months
  • Data halls are available in 125m2, 250m2 and 375m2 or multiple combinations of each model in addition to the 500m2 standard size
  • The data centres are fully flexible and can be built to a range of customer defined criteria
  • Can be delivered to either a Colt or customer-owned site
  • Innovative design has been recognised by the Datacentre Leaders’ Awards 2010

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About Colt

Colt is the information delivery platform for Europe, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated computing and network services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers, Colt operates a 21-country, 35,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 18,000 buildings and 20 Colt data centres.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT). Information about Colt and its services can be found at

About The Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute, The Global Data Center Authority, 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 operators, manufacturers, providers and engineers. Uptime Institute Professional Services is the data center management and engineering consulting arm 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 25 countries. For additional information, see

Uptime Institute is part of The 451 Group, a leading technology-industry analyst and data company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company provides critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on The 451 Group’s insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making. The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Boston, Seattle and Denver.

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