The EN 50600-series issued by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) is the first transnational standard for the design, installation and operation of data centers in Europe with a holistic approach. In addition to the “General concepts” (requirements for the conduct of a business impact and risk analysis, definition of the functional elements and protection classes of the data center, definition of availability classes and granularity levels for the energy efficiency) it includes the subsection “Data center design” and the requirements for facilities and infrastructure at data center locations. Organizational requirements for the “operation” and “resource management and key performance indicators (KPIs)” are described in other parts of the standard.
- Independent audit body for quality, performance and security of your data center.
- A stable and continuous supply of electrical power, reliable environmental regulation, and a scalable high-performance telecommunications cabling infrastructure
- An appropriate level of physical and environmental security
Since 2012, CIS has been certifying data centers according to ANSI/TIA 942 (standard for data centers of the American National Standards Institute), and will now also certify according to EN 50600. The European EN 50600 is currently on its way to becoming an ISO standard which will then provide comprehensive requirements for “Data Center facilities and infrastructures” at global level.
Information on the project phases and the certification process can be found here.