CTEX RECEIVES ISO 9001:2008 QUALITY CERTIFICATION

July 24, 2013 | Posted in News

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – July 23, 2013 –

Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX), N.V., which earlier this month became the world’s newest and most advanced Uptime Institute certified Tier-IV datacenter, today also received its ISO 9001:2008 certification. CTEX was certified by the BSI group as operating a quality management system which complies with ISO 9001:2008 standard for Cloud Services, datacenter, managed hosting, and IT services for regional and international markets. The ISO 9001:2008 certification has been in place for over a decade and is recognized by corporations around the world as a method for controlling quality. The standard provides a framework to effectively and efficiently manage the business and ensure a philosophy of continual improvement.

“We are pleased to be certified as an ISO 9001:2008 company. It’s another reflection of our commitment to providing our regional and global customers with the piece of mind that we are focused on delivering the highest quality of datacenter services and IT solutions possible,” said Anthony DeLima CTEX’s Chairman & CEO. It is also a reflection of our organization’s passion for excellence.

The ISO 9001:2008 framework is based on eight quality management principles that help improve organizational performance which include; (i) Customer focus, ensure processes are focused around the fulfillment of market needs, (ii) Leadership: a structure and competency is in place to ensure the unity of purpose and direction, (iii) Involvement of people: assurance that people become fully involved in achieving the organization’s objectives, (iv) Process approach: resources and activities are managed as processes, with an understanding of how the outputs of one process affects the inputs of another, (v) System approach to management: a systemized approach to work activities is in place, (vi) Continual improvement: a culture exists to continuously improve all aspects of the company, (vii) Fact based decision-making: effective decisions are based on the logical and intuitive analysis of data and factual information and (viii) Mutually beneficial supplier relationships are in place.

CTEX is one of the few datacenter and IT solution provider organizations that have achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification.

About CTEX

CTEX delivers highly advanced technology solutions to business and government customers by leveraging Tier-IV and LEED certified data center and Internet exchange facilities. The company serves multiple industry segments including Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Governments, Transportation & Logistics, Healthcare, Manufacturing and others. Customers benefit from leveraging an advanced eco-system of proven partner solutions. Customers can build private computing environments or leverage CTEX’s highly advanced and scalable Cloud fabric. CTEX offers seven core solutions: Cloud Solutions, Security Management, Managed Services, Network & Collocation, Archival & Storage and Disaster Recovery. For more information, go to: www.ctexpartners.com

About BSI

BSI is the business standards company that helps organizations all over the world make excellence a habit. For more than a century we have been challenging mediocrity and complacency to help embed excellence into the way people and products work. That means showing businesses how to improve performance, reduce risk and achieve sustainable growth. As a global leader in helping organizations improve, our clients range from high profile brands to small, local companies in 150 countries worldwide. For more information, go to: www.bsigroup.com

About the Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute, an independent division of The 451 Group, provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, independent research, and thought leadership for the enterprise data center industry and for data center professionals. The Uptime Institute is an unbiased, third-party data center research, education, and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation. The Uptime Institute serves all shareholders of the data center industry, including enterprise and third-party operation, manufacturers, providers, and engineers. In 2009, the Institute was acquired by The 451 Group, a technology-industry analyst company focusing on the business of enterprise IT innovation. www.uptimeinstitute.com

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CTEX Becomes First Uptime Institute Certified, Multi-tenant, Tier-IV Data Center in Latin America and the Caribbean

July 2, 2013 | Posted in News

Company achieves Tie-IV design certification for the first of its four highly advanced data centers

 WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – July 2, 2013 – Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX), N.V., today became the first and largest multi-tenant data center in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve the Uptime Institute Tier-IV design certification for the first of its four data centers. CTEX’s state-of-the-art, facility is 57,000 square feet, boasts carrier neutrality, and is located on the island of Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean.

The Uptime Institute, Inc. (Institute) developed a four-tiered classification system that is recognized worldwide as the benchmarking standard to compare various data center facilities across the world. The Institute’s system has been in use since 1995, and has become the default standard for the data center industry. The Institute currently provides Tiered Certifications in more than 41 countries. The Tier IV certification is the highest and most stringent certification to meet, making it the most reliable and safe option for companies requiring a high-level of critical systems and infrastructure availability.

Anthony de Lima, CTEX’s CEO said, “We’re honored to be the first Tier IV Uptime Certified data center in the region. Our facilities incorporate the critical infrastructure needed to ensure fault tolerant operations and extreme security. For regional customers who require zero down-time, access to a comprehensive eco-system of industry solutions, and advanced security– having access to the world’s newest Tier-IV data center in Curaçao, means they no longer have to use data centers thousands of miles away in the US, Canada, Europe or elsewhere. The certification is yet another testament to our commitment to providing the most advanced technology solutions in the region.”

CTEX is gaining prominence as a major technology hosting and disaster recovery hub for companies located in Latin America and the region. The company is positioned to be a key enabler of the region’s business renaissance.  CTEX is already working with many companies in the Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Government, Transportation & Logistics, Utilities and Telecom industries located in Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, and Venezuela. The company is already providing customers with advanced Cloud solutions leveraging a state-of-the-art computing fabric jointly developed by VCE, VMWARE, CISCO and EMC. The company’s entire power and cooling infrastructure was designed from the ground up in partnership with Schneider Electric.

“We are pleased and proud about the Uptime Institute’s certification of CTEX as a Tier IV Cloud and Collocation data center,” said Jorge Cortes, VP Latin America, ITB Schneider Electric. “Through hard work and a strong commitment, we were able to build a solid partnership with CTEX. Our teams worked together from the early business planning and design stages, through to providing consulting and project oversight throughout build out. This certification formally acknowledges the breadth and depth of innovation, security, and functionality that CTEX has built into its world-class data centers.”

Mr. de Lima continued, “We did not select Curaçao by happenstance, but through careful planning and an exhaustive search. Curaçao is the perfect location for our Tier-IV data centers.” Curaçao is situated outside the traditional hurricane belt and away from major seismic fault lines. Even so, the Tier-IV data center is designed to withstand level 3 earthquakes and exceeds level 5 hurricane safety standards. The facility is directly interconnected with five major international subsea fiber cables. New submarine cables are being deployed to land directly inside a state of the art submarine fiber landing station located safely inside the data center. This provides added connectivity security for customers. Being part of the Dutch Kingdom, the island has long been recognized as being a politically neutral jurisdiction with strict privacy laws based on European conventions.  It makes Curaçao an ideal location for business operations.

The CTEX data center has already been recognized by industry professionals and organizations, such as the Datacenterdynamics, which awarded CTEX in November 2012 for incorporating the most advanced design and engineering standards of any data center in Latin America and the Caribbean. The CTEX data center facilities will enter production in October this year.

About CTEX

CTEX delivers highly advanced technology solutions to business and government customers by leveraging Tier-IV and LEED certified data center and Internet exchange facilities. The company serves multiple industry segments including Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Governments, Transportation & Logistics, Healthcare, Manufacturing and others. Customers benefit from leveraging an advanced eco-system of proven partner solutions. Customers can build private computing environments or leverage CTEX’s highly advanced and scalable Cloud fabric. CTEX offers seven core solutions: Cloud Solutions, Security Management, Managed Services, Network & Collocation, Archival & Storage and Disaster Recovery. For more information, go to: www.ctexpartners.com

About the Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute, an independent division of The 451 Group, provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, independent research, and thought leadership for the enterprise data center industry and for data center professionals. The Uptime Institute is an unbiased, third-party data center research, education, and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation. The Uptime Institute serves all shareholders of the data center industry, including enterprise and third-party operation, manufacturers, providers, and engineers. In 2009, the Institute was acquired by The 451 Group, a technology-industry analyst company focusing on the business of enterprise IT innovation. www.uptimeinstitute.com

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, and Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. For more information, visit www.schneider-electric.com

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