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BICSI 002: The Foundation Standard for Data Center Design

BICSI 002 is an international standard that provides best practices for designing and implementing data centers of various types and sizes. It covers all major systems and components found within a data center, such as facilities, cabling, network, services, applications, security, fire, power, cooling, and more. It also offers recommendations on how to optimize data center performance, efficiency, reliability, and availability.

BICSI 002 is written by industry professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds, who share their expertise and experience in data center design. The standard is updated regularly to reflect the latest trends and technologies in the data center industry. The most recent version, ANSI/BICSI 002-2019, was published in May 2019 and includes new or revised content on topics such as:

Heat rejection and cooling systems

Lithium-ion batteries

Colocation planning

Open Compute Project concepts and infrastructure

Commissioning process

Modular, containerized, edge and hyperscale data centers

BICSI 002 is not only a comprehensive guide for data center design, but also a reference material for the DCDCTM credential, which is a professional certification for data center designers. By following the standard, data center designers can ensure that their projects meet the requirements and expectations of their clients and stakeholders.

If you want to learn more about BICSI 002 or download a printable PDF version of the standard, you can visit the website of Inforstreet[^1^], a provider of digital standards and codes. You can also preview some pages of the standard on the website of BICSI[^2^], a telecommunications association that develops and publishes BICSI 002.Some of the benefits of following BICSI 002 are:

It helps data center designers to adopt a systematic and holistic approach to data center design, considering all the interrelated aspects of the facility and the IT infrastructure.

It helps data center designers to align their design with the business goals and requirements, ensuring that the data center meets the current and future needs of the organization.

It helps data center designers to comply with various standards and regulations that apply to data center design, such as Uptime Institute Tier Standard, ANSI/TIA 942-B, ISO/IEC 27001, and others.

It helps data center designers to improve the performance, efficiency, reliability, and availability of the data center, reducing operational costs and risks.

It helps data center designers to enhance the security and resilience of the data center, protecting it from physical and cyber threats.

However, BICSI 002 is not the only source of guidance for data center design. There are also other best practices and recommendations that data center designers can follow to optimize their data center design. Some of these best practices are:

Adaptability: Data centers should be designed to accommodate changing technologies and business needs. Data centers should be modular, scalable, and flexible, allowing for easy expansion, reconfiguration, and migration.[^1^]

Redundancy: Data centers should have backup systems and components for critical functions, such as power, cooling, network, storage, and security. Redundancy ensures that the data center can continue to operate in case of failures or disruptions.[^1^]

Energy efficiency: Data centers should use energy-efficient equipment and technologies, such as virtualization, consolidation, power management, LED lighting, and renewable energy sources. Energy efficiency reduces the environmental impact and operational costs of the data center.[^1^]

Physical space and organization: Data centers should have enough space to house all the IT equipment and support systems. Data centers should also have a logical layout and organization, using racks, cabinets, aisles, cabling trays, labels, and color codes. Physical space and organization improve the accessib


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