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BICSI Releases Design Standard For Data Centers

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Technology

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Published on June 22, 2010 with No Comments

BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education, and knowledge assessment, has released its newest standard, BICSI 002-2010, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices. Written to complement existing standards, within its pages are requirements, recommendations, and additional information—such as site selection, layout, thermal systems, and security—that should be considered when planning and building a data center.

With the push for greater capacity, increased efficiency, and higher levels of utilization, data centers have become more complex to design and bring online. Due to this, today’s data center designer is often required to have knowledge in mechanical, electrical, and telecommunications systems—areas not typically found in the same reference manuals or standards. BICSI 002 addresses this need.

BICSI 002 is the culmination of the efforts of more than 150 subject matter experts in a wide variety of disciplines related to data center design,” said Jonathan Jew, Co-chair of the Data Center Standards Subcommittee and lead editor of the standard. BICSI’s Standards Committee is comprised of more than 200 members from around the globe. Established in 2004, the Data Center 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 Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI, BICSI President. “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.”

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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