New BICSI Data Centre Standards and Manual

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BICSI has just released three new important data centre publications, which include an updated design standard, a new operations standard and a new data centre specialty manual.

The new publications, available now from are:

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

Revised to reflect recent data centre and technology trends, ANSI/BICSI 002 continues to be the source for data centre design from the enterprise to the edge. Written by data centre industry professionals with the breadth and depth of experience in all facets of data centre design, this standard not only lists what a data centre requires, but also provides ample recommendation on the best methods of implementing a successful data centre design. The 2019 version adds information on 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 of ANSI/BICSI 002-2019.

BICSI’s 009 standard is the first open-consensus standard providing more than a framework for data centre operation policies and practices. The material within reflects operational experience from a wide variety of data centre owners, operators, designers and consultants—from small enterprise to large hyper-scale colocation data centres, and everything in-between.

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

The EDCP provides a holistic view of the overall data centre project, from conceptualisation to planning, implementation and project closeout. As the complexity of a data centre continues to increase, so too does the project that enables its construction. This first-ever specialty manual provides the underlying knowledge necessary for data centres great and small. Click here to learn more about EDCP.

Commenting on the release of these important publications, BICSI President, Jeff Beavers RCDD OSP CFHP said: “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. 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.”

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