BICSI releases 2 new data center standards plus DC project manual

Revised to reflect recent data center and technology trends, ANSI/BICSI 002 "continues to be the source for data center design from the enterprise to the edge," says BICSI.

May 1st, 2019
BICSI refreshes Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM)
BICSI refreshes Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM)

BICSI has announced the release of two updated international data center standards, plus a new data center publication. They are:

  • ANSI/BICSI 002-2019, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices
  • BICSI 009-2019, Data Center Operations and Maintenance Best Practices
  • Essentials of Data Center Projects (EDCP), 1st edition, specialty manual

Revised to reflect recent data center and technology trends, ANSI/BICSI 002 "continues to be the source for data center design from the enterprise to the edge," says BICSI. Written by industry professionals with the breadth and depth of experience in all facets of data center design, this standard not only lists what a data center requires, but also provides ample recommendation on the best methods of implementing a design to fulfill organizational needs.

New for the 2019 version of the standard are additions to heat rejection and cooling systems, provisioning of Lithium-ion batteries, colocation planning, support for Open Compute Project concepts and infrastructure, and expansion of the commissioning process. (Click here to download a preview chapter.)

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For its part, BICSI's 009 standard is billed as "the first open-consensus standard providing more than a framework for data center operation policies and practices. The material within reflects operational experience from a wide variety of data center owners, operators, designers and consultants—from small enterprise to large hyperscale colocation data centers, and everything in-between," writes BICSI.

As development was coordinated with ANSI/BICSI 002-2019, BICSI 009 contains all of the applicable operational materials developed within design standards prior to creating and expanding content for data center owners, operators and managers. (Download a preview chapter of the 009 standard here.)

Finally, the new EDCP manual provides a holistic view of the overall data center project, from conceptualization to planning, implementation and project closeout. As the complexity of a data center continues to increase, so does the project that enables its construction. This first-ever specialty manual provides the underlying knowledge necessary for data centers great and small. (Click here to learn more about the EDCP manual).

"These new publications are the product of hundreds of hours of development, testing, knowledge sharing and preparation from a very dedicated group of volunteers and staff members," commented BICSI President Jeff Beavers, RCDD, OSP, CFHP. "We operate in an evolutionary field that expands every day, and BICSI will continue to update its educational resources to provide support for and serve the ICT community."

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These releases are the first of multiple updates to BICSI's data center program. Additional updates are scheduled for later this year, including new courses and a new credentialing exam. More information on BICSI's data center program and the Data Center Design Consultant™ (DCDC™) credential can be found at

BICSI is a professional association supporting the advancement of the information and communications technology (ICT) community and currently serves more than 26,000 memberships and credentials. The association is a preeminent global resource for ICT credentials, standards, knowledge transfer and career development.

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