Data Center Design: You should be reading this.

 By Morena Sanidad, P.E., LEED AP

Are you a Data Center Operator, Owner, IT, or A&E Consultant looking to expand your knowledge on data center design?  There are a few documents available online and several standards that can be purchased.

If you are not sure where to start, you don’t have to look far anymore. 

I recommend a reference document recently published by the BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International): ANSI/BICSI 002-2011 Data Center Design & Implementation Best Practices.  Here’s a sample copy.  This manual sets the requirements, recommendations and other information to consider when working with all the different critical systems in the design of data centers.

What’s special about it?

  • It is a one-stop source of standards and codes pertaining to DC design.  For example, it encompasses requirements, guidelines and recommendations from ASHRAE, TIA, NFPA, IEC, ISO, etc.  There’s no need to shuffle through multiple reference books.
  • It is easy to understand.  The topics are presented in a systematic order allowing readers/students understand the design process from the ground up.
  • The manual is applicable worldwide with minimized risk of variation from different documents and standards. It also provides reference to specific documents where more info is available.

What does it cover?

  • Types of Data Centers, Component Structures & Layouts
  • Risks, Reliability & Class Ranking
  • Space Planning
  • Site Selection
  • Architectural
  • Structural
  • Electrical Systems
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Fire Protection
  • Security System
  • Building Automation & Controls
  • Telecommunications
  • Information Technology
  • Commissioning
  • Maintenance Plan

The data center is more complicated to design than ever before with a large focus on reliability, efficiency and high levels of utilization.  It is expected that all designers are knowledgeable in the different aspects of the design.  Anyone involved in the building of data centers will benefit from this manual.

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