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The Need for a New Data Center Design Standard

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“Maintaining an inflexible classification system may unintentionally contribute to the growth of fossil fuel consumption” Lex Coors, Interxion

The design standards most frequently used to classify data centers are not directly promoting innovation, sustainable energy use and energy efficiency. These standards include BICSI, ANSI/TIA 942 and UI, which are used to categorize data centers by class (e.g. BICSI 0-3 and UI Tier I to IV).

This briefing argues that, alongside the existing “fixed harness” availability standards, the data center industry needs a more inclusive classification standard that will account for visionary designs that leverage resilience, sustainability and efficiency.

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