Tampa, Fla.-based BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education, and knowledge assessment, is proud to announce the release of its newest standard, BICSI 002-2010, "Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices."

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 ā€” areas not typically found in the same reference manuals or standards.

BICSI 002 addresses this need. Written to complement existing standards, within its pages are requirements, recommendations, and additional information that should be considered when planning and building a data center, such as site selection, layout, thermal systems, and security.

"BICSI 002 is a great resource for data center designers and operators because it provides a wealth of information on the subjects important to this audience ā€” all in one place," says Jonathan Jew, co-chair of the data center standards subcommittee and lead editor of the standard. "It is the culmination of the efforts of more than 150 subject matter experts in a wide variety of disciplines related to data center design."

BICSI's Standards Committee comprises 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," saysBrian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI, BICSI president. "Iā€™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."BICSI 002 is available for purchase at www.bicsi.org/standards. BICSI members qualify for a reduced fee.