Data center design concepts and industry standards
seem to have been around for ages. For example, there are TIA-942,
002 and Uptime Institute to name
a few. A deeper look shows that these concepts and standards only cover small
portions of the entire data center infrastructure design and/or are commercial
concepts from profit-oriented organizations.
Now, the family of data center design standards gets a
new member. The new European standard series EN 50600-x (Design of “Data Centre
Facilities and Infrastructures”)—scheduled to be completed by Q1 2016—will be a
new a comprehensive European reference for all parties involved in designing,
building and operating data centers. Developed by CENELEC, an independent, non-profit European
standards organization, it is commercially neutral and internationally
applicable as it references ISO/IEC standards.
As part of this series, the EN 50600-2-4 standard, published
in January 2015, covers the “Telecommunication Cabling Infrastructure.” My whitepaper covers two aspects that are vital
to understanding EN 50600-x:
- General concepts, structure and definitions of the
- Requirements of EN 50600-2-4 for the
standards of the 50600-series adopt a holistic approach covering all aspects of
the design of data center facilities and infrastructures including management
and operational information. The following graphic shows the structure and the
relationships between all EN 50600-x standards.
advantages of EN 50600-x are:
- Provides design principles for data center designers
- Defines a straightforward classification system for
availability and physical security
- Gives guidance about the selection process for the
required overall data center design parameters
- Offers as sole data center design standard an energy
efficiency enablement approach that provides a basis for all energy efficiency
- Defines non-profit oriented certification criteria
Regarding cabling in data centers, the EN 50600-2-4
mainly focuses on cabling architecture for the different data center
availability classes with strong emphasis on migration and growth. In the short
or medium term, data center owners and operators are faced with the necessity
of migrating to higher speed networking applications and re-designing the
switched networking concepts from traditional three-tier to spine/leaf.
tasks come along with adding cables to the data center. Additional cabling provides
data center owners a headache in almost all cases, because the initial cabling
infrastructure design did not include growth and migration concepts. Many of us
have seen the result of unstructured growth as shown in these pictures.
want a better understanding of the new EN 50600-x standards for data centers, please
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