Yes, as a customer of a data center, it is possible to request an audit to assess whether the data center meets certain quality standards and requirements. However, it is advisable to discuss a number of issues with the data center before the audit is conducted. This ensures that both parties have a clear understanding of the goals of the audit and how it will be carried out. It is also recommended to make clear agreements about who will bear the costs of the audit and how the audit reports will be used.

An organisation may choose to have an audit of a data center carried out for various reasons:

  • To ensure that the data center meets the organisation's requirements for security, availability, and reliability of the services it provides.
  • To ensure that the data center complies with certain regulations or industry standards, such as the PCI DSS standard for the security of credit card data.

Finally, an audit of a data center can be carried out in different ways. Some organisations choose to do this internally, while others engage an external party to perform the audit.