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Reference EN 50600-1:2012
Title Information technology - Data centre facilities and infrastructures - Part 1: General concepts
Project Number 21921
Abstract/Scope This European Standard: a) details the issues to be addressed in a business risk and operating cost analysis enabling application of an appropriate classification of the data centre, b) defines the common aspects of data centres including terminology, parameters and reference models (functional elements and their accommodation) addressing both the size and complexity of their intended purpose, c) describes general aspects of the facilities and infrastructures required to support effective operation of telecommunications within data centres, d) specifies a classification system, based upon the key criteria of “availability”, “security” and “energy-efficiency” over the planned lifetime of the data centre, for the provision of effective facilities and infrastructure, e) describes the general design principles for data centres upon which the requirements of the EN 50600 series are based including symbols, labels, coding in drawings, quality assurance and education, The following topics are outside of the scope of this series of European Standards: 1) the selection of information technology and network telecommunications equipment, software and associated configuration issues are outside the scope of this European Standard; 2) safety and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements (covered by other standards and regulations. However, information given in this European Standard may be of assistance in meeting these standards and regulations). 1.2 Conformance For a data centre design to conform to this European Standard: a) a business risk analysis according to Clause 4 shall be done, b) an appropriate Availability Class in 6.2 shall be selected using a business risk analysis in Clause 4, c) an appropriate Protection Class in 6.3 shall be selected using a business risk analysis in Clause 4, d) an appropriate energy efficiency enablement level in 6.4 shall be selected, e) the general design principles in Annex A shall be applied.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2012-11-30
Current Stage code deadline 2013-10-22
Deadline date for vote 2012-06-30


Mandate(s) M/462
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IEC Technical Body  
Reference Document  
ICS 35.020 - Information technology (IT) in general
35.160 - Microprocessor systems
Keywords Data centre; Design; Facilities; Infrastructure; Concept
Note 2012-09-20 - Publication editing allocated to * TC 215 info: BTWG 132-3 "Green Data Centre" has received preliminary information on the intended work and has appreciated the TC 215 initiative
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Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 2012-11-30 2013-10-22 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2012-10-22 2012-11-19  
5060 2012-09-17 2012-10-08 export to doc file  EN
5020 2012-07-13 2012-09-14 export to doc file  EN
4099 2012-05-23 2012-08-03  
4060 2012-05-07 2012-05-28 export to doc file  EN
4020 2011-12-02 2012-05-04 export to doc file  EN  DE
3099 2011-09-19 2011-12-02  
3020 2011-01-27 2011-04-30  
1099 2009-07-01 2010-01-01  
1000 2009-03-12 2009-07-01  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2012-10-22
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2012-11-30
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2013-04-22
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2013-10-22
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2015-10-22


Superseded by  
Normative reference (6)  

(1) Date of ratification (dor) date when the Technical Board notes the approval of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), from which time the standard may be said to be approved

(2) Date of availability (dav) date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat

(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

(4) Date of publication (dop) latest date by which an EN has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

(5) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn

(6) This list of normative references is purely indicative. The only official list of normative reference is the list of the published standard.