Key ISO standards and certifications for data centres held by Global Switch.
A key component of our Critical Environments Programme is to ensure that our process and practices are independently audited and that we gain certification to internationally recognised standards. Global Switch is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 27001 across all* locations and by having these we support our customers in achieving their own certifications.
*Where new data centres are established, as in the case of Hong Kong, these will follow the Global Switch ISO global certification programme.
Global Switch seeks to provide a high quality service to its customers that meets and exceeds their expectations through specialist, robust, critical environment processes and procedures that minimise their risk and maximise uptime. Global Switch is certificated to 9001 having successfully defined and implemented the Global Switch quality management systems, which include the incorporation of and commitment to best practice methodology.
Global Switch is committed to reducing the impact of all of its data centres on the environment through our energy efficiency programmes aimed at reducing carbon emissions and providing green energy solutions to its customers. Global Switch is certified to 14001 demonstrating the effective management of environmental responsibilities.
Global Switch is committed to providing a highly secure environment for its customers and in keeping its assets, including people, processes and IT systems safe and secure. Global Switch is certified to 27001 enabling a systematic approach to security information management across our global locations.
Global Switch is currently working towards ISO 50001 accreditation across all its data centres. For those sites that have achieved certification please see the information in the Locations area of this website. Through certification to ISO 50001, Global Switch has established best practice systems and processes to continuously improve the efficiency and performance of energy usage. The ISO 50001 framework includes the development of an energy efficiency policy, the measurement of energy-efficient systems and planning of energy management strategies.
As an owner and operator of mission-critical environments, Global Switch has health and safety management at the core of its operational best practices. OHSAS 18001 defines the best practice requirements across all Global Switch data centres for occupational health and safety management providing a framework to identify, manage and minimise risks to our customers, staff, and other stakeholders.
The following certifications, awards and memberships are also held or targeted by existing sites and developments across the Global Switch portfolio.
Global Switch Amsterdam is certified to ISAE 3402, an international standard which represents an in-depth audit of a service organisation's control objectives and activities. These activities often include controls over information security and related processes. As part of this, Global Switch makes available to customers and their auditors a comprehensive independent auditor's report, that covers our internal control systems with respect to housing services for customers' ICT infrastructures.
Global Switch Amsterdam is PCI-DSS compliant, a requirement for customers who store, process or transmit cardholder information and process card payments. Global Switch is subject to quarterly external vulnerability scans by an approved auditor to ensure continued compliance.
Global Switch's partnership with AWS Direct Connect provides further options for customers seeking to implement cloud solutions. Whether a large enterprise or a start-up experiencing significant growth, all can benefit from leveraging the AWS Direct Connect capabilities.
AMS-IX, the world's largest internet exchange is present in Global Switch Amsterdam. With impressive levels of resilience, our customers are able to take advantage of world class peering and connectivity services.
The first stage of Global Switch's planned expansion of its Amsterdam data centre achieved a BREEAM-NL Rating of Very Good. BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, setting the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance.
Global Switch has a comprehensive energy management strategy and works closely with its customers to reduce its collective carbon footprint. Global Switch London has recently been re-accredited with the Gold Carbon Saver Standard having demonstrated continuous reduction in carbon emissions over the previous five years.
As the first large scale, carrier neutral, multi tenanted data centre provider in London to participate in the Climate Change Agreement (CCA), Global Switch's London customers are not liable for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) payments. This scheme targets the sensible use of energy and annual targeted improvements.
The first stage of Global Switch Sydney East has achieved a LEED Gold certification. LEED is a green building certification recognised across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. LEED recognises best-in-class building strategies and practices.