BICSI releases data center design standard

Association's president calls it 'the ultimate standard for anyone working in the data center arena.'

BICSI recently announced the release of its newest standard, BICSI 002-2010 Data Center Design and Impelementation Best Practices. Written to complement existing standards, BICSI 002-2010 includes requirements, recommendations and additional information that should be considered when planning and building a data center - such as site selection, layout, thermal systems and security.

The association says the new standard addresses a significant need for today's data center designer. With the push for greater capacity, increased efficiency and higher levels of utilization, data centers have become more complex to design and bring online. Because of this, today's data center designer is often required to have knowledge in mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems - areas not typically found within a single reference manual or standard. Enter BICSI 002.

"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," said Jonathan Jew, co-chair of BICSI's Data Center Standards Committee and lead editor of the standard. "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."

BICSI's Standards Committee comprises more than 200 members from around the globe. Established in 2004, the Data Center Standards Subcommittee has put in significant time and expertise approving BICSI 002.

"This is truly a great achievement for BICSI and our membership as BICSI 002-2010 Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices is the ultimate standard for anyone working in the data center arena," said BICSI president Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI. "I'd like to extend a thanks to all of the Data Center Subcommittee members for their hard work and dedication in producing what we believe to be the most comprehensive data center standard to date."

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