Leading insurance broker, Ernest R Shaw, has teamed up with Data Centre Alliance (DCA) trade association and Europe’s number one technical cleaning and data centre healthcare business, 8 Solutions, to launch a dedicated insurance proposition specifically designed for the data centre sector.
The launch follows a 12-month consultation between Ernest R Shaw, 8 Solutions, and the DCA – the task was to identify and agree a best practice framework to underpin this new offering. Businesses that adopt and meet this best-practice in the future could then qualify for a lower insurance premium, underwritten by Allianz Insurance, one of the largest insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group.
Steve Hone CEO of the DCA Trade Association commented: “Recognising and rewarding data centres who demonstrate best practice is at the heart of this initiative. Data centres that have been independently audited under the DCA certification scheme and or end users who choose to host in data centres which have achieved this accreditation can now all benefit from this new range of insurance products and services which have been tailor made to support the data centre sector and its users.
“As far as I am aware this is the first time this has been done,” Steve added, “and I am delighted the DCA could play its part in making this initiative a reality, it’s a big step forward for the sector and this would not have been possible without the continued support of key members and strategic partners, this is a great example of what can be achieved by working and collaborating together with the full support of a trade association such as the DCA behind you.”
“We have been working closely with Allianz Insurance, one of the largest insurers in the world, to produce bespoke wordings and very competitive rates for this niche sector,” says David Hogg, Managing Director, 8 Solutions. “This proposition has market-leading cleaning standards provided by 8 Solutions built into it and the insurance underwriting has been customised to take this into account as one of the key differentiators.”