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Guidelines and standards for data center construction in Europe
The construction of data centers in Europe is subject to a variety of server room guidelines and standards aimed at ensuring the security, efficiency and availability of the IT infrastructure. The most important and most frequently applied server room guidelines and standards are:

EN 50600: The European standard EN 50600 defines requirements and recommendations for the planning, construction and operation of data centers. It covers topics such as site selection, building design, energy supply, cooling, security and availability. EN 50600 is regarded as a comprehensive set of rules for the construction and operation of data centers in Europe.

EU legislation: The European Union has enacted a number of laws and regulations that have a direct or indirect impact on the construction and operation of data centers. These include, for example, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which sets requirements for the protection of personal data in data centers, or the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), which prescribes measures to increase energy efficiency in data centers.

ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published Thermal Guidelines for Data Centers, which provide recommendations for temperature and humidity ranges in data centers. Although ASHRAE is a U.S. organization, its guidelines are also recognized and applied internationally. Adherence to the ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines helps reduce energy consumption and optimize cooling in data centers.

IEC 60364: The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published the IEC 60364 series of standards, which specify safety requirements for electrical installations in buildings. These standards also apply to data centers and set standards for electrical installations and equipment, such as grounding, surge protection and distribution systems.

ISO/IEC 27001: The international standard ISO/IEC 27001 defines the requirements for an information security management system (ISMS). It is relevant for data centers because it helps protect the confidentiality, availability and integrity of the IT infrastructure. An ISMS according to ISO/IEC 27001 takes into account both technical and organizational measures to ensure information security.

European standards for fire protection: Data centers must comply with applicable fire safety regulations to ensure the safety of the IT infrastructure and employees. In Europe, there are a number of standards that relate to fire safety measures, such as EN 54 (fire alarm and fire extinguishing systems), EN 13501 (fire classification of building products) and EN 12845 (automatic sprinkler systems).

BREEAM and LEED: Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) are two internationally recognized certification systems for sustainable buildings. They assess the environmental performance of data centers, taking into account criteria such as energy efficiency, water consumption and waste management. BREEAM or LEED certification can provide a competitive advantage for data center operators and help improve environmental performance.

TIA-942: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has developed TIA-942, a standard for data center design and construction that focuses on telecommunications infrastructure. Although TIA-942 originated in the U.S., it is also widely used in Europe, particularly with regard to cabling, network architecture and redundancy requirements.

These server room guidelines and standards form the basis for the construction of data centers in Europe. The design of the server rooms and regulations ensure that they meet the highest requirements for security, efficiency, availability and environmental compatibility. It is important that data center operators and planners familiarize themselves with these specifications and ensure compliance during the planning, construction and operation of the IT systems.

In summary, the above server room guidelines and standards ensure that data centers in Europe meet the highest requirements and offer a high level of security, efficiency and environmental compatibility. It is the responsibility of data center operators and planners to comply with these specifications and to monitor their implementation throughout the lifecycle of the data center.

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