CNA has announced that the independent advisory organization Uptime Institute has been named the newest member of its Allied Vendor Program. Based in Chicago, CNA is the eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 14th largest property and casualty company in the United States. The firm’s services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration.
In 2007, the CNA Allied Vendor Program was developed to provide the firm’s customers with access to additional risk control programming designed to create safer, more secure work environments.
In this latest news, CNA recognizes Uptime Institute for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards and Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction and Operational Sustainability, which help owners and operators of data center facilities mitigate risk and improve the performance of business critical infrastructure.
Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, and consulting delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers.
Once Uptime Institute’s Tier Standards and Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction and Operational Sustainability are implemented, data center owners and operators may experience fewer and shorter lasting incidents. As a result, any insured who demonstrates commitment to these standards may now qualify for more competitive insurance policy terms and pricing with CNA.
“Data outages or interruptions can be catastrophic, and we are continuously looking at ways to help our customers reduce their risk exposures. Even simple incidents can cost millions in lost revenues and significantly impact customer satisfaction,” said Stephen Douglas, risk control consulting director, CNA. “Uptime Institute helps CNA’s customers lower that risk through its Tier Certification of Operational Sustainability and M&O Stamp of Approval programs.”
“CNA recognizes the importance of Uptime’s data center management process certification as one of the most significant ways to reduce the number of incidents and limit their severity, which results in reduced downtime and its expense,” said Lee Kirby, president, Uptime Institute. “Uptime is proud to join CNA’s Allied Vendor Program to bring these savings to a larger number of owners and operators. Membership in CNA’s Allied Vendor Program enables more owner-operators to take advantage of the operational excellence we have seen in 1,000 data centers across the globe, while reducing their overall insurance costs.”