Economy is just refurbishing around the world, after 2008, even still it will take two or three years more for get a reazonable growth, this year the trend is more visible -just revise the Davos annual meeting outcomes-. If everything goes ok, then the information technologies will grow again to fulfill such economics expension. So naturally data centres will be a key system's component.
This mean that the OPERative DCs will need to comply new rules / codes / standards, beyond those industrial best / good practices that we are used to.
Why? Because since 2005/ 2008. The world is smaller, exist new technologies that have gave an ubiquios empowerment to all people that have a mobile in her/his hands for buying, selling, marketing, asking, communicating, entretening, ......... The world is not the same and will not remain as today as well. Assets, monies can move around the world almost at ligth speed if a data telecomm network exist wher you are.
So the states & goverments are quite worried, because a bankruptcy is easier than ever -all of we have witnessed- no huge or large organization is "safe" so and because the internet is a "free" space that as much as they want to control it is almost imposible; it will be necessary to set a multilayer best practices to assure or try to avoid misunderstandings, error, felonies and chaos around the world.
Standarization & Codes are a good tool to in one part of the equation try to homogeneized the OPE, CON and DES foundations. One other hand the technical innovations in all systems included in a DCs facility have pushed more and more to change the OPEration way to do things, and the CONstruction and DESing stages have been also impacted. Developing standards and codes is a task with several faces, not only the "nice to have" or best to do; these are part also of a puzzle that all incumbents want to put into such documents; the business side is also very -sometimes- important, because those standarization bodies are full of vendors that try to push their own agenda into that developing.
So the standarization bodies around the world are developing its data centre concept and each country has had different approaches.
- Europe. CEN. EN 50000 series
- USA. ANSI. ASHRAE -TC 9.9; BICSI -002; NFPA; TIA-942A-
- Japan. JISC. JDCC
- México. DGN. NMX- High Performance DC by ONNCCE/ANCE/ NYCE ; AMERIC, IMEI
This mean that inside the countries most of the association, trades, and firms are trying to work together to find out the basic requirements to call a facility a Data centre
To find out the data centre unique document that cover all topics in a DC is not easy; today the International Standarization Organization (ISO) has set a new subcommite into the JTC1 (a technical commitee that is a joint with the IEC) JTC 1/ SC 39 / WG resource efficient data centres. This is the first global trend to have a document that guide the data centre industry.
However these documents and the codes that each country has for OPEration / CONstruction should be taken in consideration for the investor / operator that wants to build a facility like this.
Then you must also revise that exist in each industry and market other series of documents named GOOD or / and BEST practices like
+ ITIL, HIPAA, SOX, SSA16, HIPAA. BASEL III, and many others depending on your organization's business and country law requirements, all of them must be consider for the data centre DES/CON/OPE.
Classification rating systems ( EPA, EU CoC, ASHRAE, UTI, NABERS, etc) at this moment have been written as a isolated documents so if you want or have -depend on each country's law/codes- to use them you ougth to contact such organization -almost all for profit- that will you charge for using their trade mark rating classification. This of course is your desicion.
So this 2013 the trend is to develop more documents that converge in basic ones for the data centre industry and market
Or what do you think?
Roberto Sanchez, RCDD