A new data center design standard has been released by an industry association, incorporating improved recommendations for security, site selection, layout and thermal systems.

The Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices standard (BICSI 002-2010) was developed by  BICSI, an international industry association with membership in 90 countries, which provides support and education to information technology systems (ITS) professionals.

It addresses the need to incorporate greater ranges of capacity in today’s data centers, along with increased efficiency, and higher levels of security.

“BICSI 002 is a great resource for data center designers and operators because it provides a wealth of information on the subjects important to this audience – all in one place,” Jonathan Jew, co-chair of the organization’s data center standards subcommittee and lead editor of the standard, said in a statement. “It is the culmination of the efforts of more than 150 subject matter experts in a wide variety of disciplines related to data center design.”

Jew said the industry group undertook the standard effort to address the increasing complexity involved in building today’s data centers. Data center designers are now required to have knowledge of mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems – areas not typically found in the same reference manuals or standards.

The information technology systems (ITS) category covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety and security, and audio and video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless systems and infrastructures supporting the transportation of information associated with communications among devices.

More information on the standard and BICSI can be found here.  



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