Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that 39 of its North American data centers have achieved Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 Type II standards compliance. Assessed by auditors from Deloitte & Touche and Brightline, this certification demonstrates Equinixâs commitment to the highest standards of operational excellence for its 4,000 customers around the world.
The audits, which were conducted at Equinixâs International Business Exchangeâ¢ (IBXÂ®) data centers, determined that 39 of these sites meet or surpass SSAE16 standards for physical security and environmental controls, many for the third consecutive year. The certification is of particular importance to Equinixâs financial services customers, for which SSAE16 compliance is often a requirement. This announcement comes on the heels of Equinix achieving greater than âsix ninesâ of availability (99.9999%) across its North American IBX facilities in 2011.
âTo achieve SSAE16 compliance across such a large number of facilities is a tremendous accomplishment for Equinix. We understand that for our customers, knowing Equinixâs facilities have the highest levels of security and controls is critical, and this certification confirms it for them,â said Sam Kapoor, chief operating officer, Equinix Americas.
SSAE No. 16 is a new reporting standard for services organizations put forth by the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). SSAE16, which replaces Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS70), addresses engagements undertaken by a service auditor for reporting on controls at service organizations (e.g., data center providers) that provide services to user entities, for which a service organizationâs controls are likely to be relevant to a user entityâs internal control over financial reporting (ICFR).