Data center vendor Minkels, part of the brand portfolio of publicly traded company Legrand (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR), has released a white paper (Minkels white paper 10) on EN 50600 – the European standard for setting up data centers and server rooms. This European standard not only provides insight into the design process, from strategy determination to operation but also into KPIs, best practices and data center operations.

According to the EN 50600, the following pillars together determine the quality of a data center: energy-efficiency, availability and security.

At an early stage, it is possible to estimate costs for, for example, a certain energy- efficiency. The standard provides guidelines for determining which level is desired in these areas. Minkels’ white paper 10 ‘An energy-efficient data centre using the EN 50600 discusses the pillar energy-efficiency. This white paper will guide users through the different parts of this standard and will highlight aspects of energy-efficiency.

In part one, readers discover how EN 50600 can help in making thorough data center design choices – to build and operate an energy-efficient data center in accordance with the intended goals. This part of white paper 10 discusses strategies and objectives; business risk analysis and availability; resource efficiency and availability choices; the use of KPI’s when designing a data center; and what different standards have to say about energy-efficiency.

EU Code of Conduct

Part two of Minkels’ white paper 10 deals with energy-efficiency aspects of all the components in a data center while relating these to the recommended practices and other relevant parts in the EN 50600. The white paper roughly follows the sequence of the consecutive parts of the EN 50600 standard. It links the recommended practices and discusses the energy-efficiency properties of the corresponding data center products.

There are several authorities running programs to achieve energy efficiency results in data center designs. In and outside of Europe, the EU Code of Conduct on energy-efficient data centers and best practices within this code have been the reference for local energy efficiency programs. In part three of white paper 10, the use of this standard in the Netherlands and UK is discussed as an example.

About White Paper 10

White paper 10 ‘An energy efficient data centre using the EN 50600’ is written by Niek van der Pas, Lead Data Center Expert at Minkels.

White paper 10 can be requested through the following link: www.minkels.com/whitepapers.

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