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Data Center Cleaning Standards

Data Center Cleaning Standards ISO 14644-1 | London Cleanrooms and Computer Room cleaning international Standards

London Data Center Cleaning Standards ISO 14644-1Data Center Cleaning Standards ISO 14644-1 are defined under technical guideline of IEST (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology). ISO 14644-1 is one part of a series of documents, being developed as International Standards for cleanroom and associated controlled environments. Part 1 of the document defines standards and classification for air cleanliness, and ISO 14644 for cleanrooms and associated controlled environments i.e. Data Center Cleaning. Part 2 of the document defines standards and specifications for testing and monitoring to prove continued compliance with ISO 14644-1.

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Before Data Center Cleaning Standards

Before global cleanroom classifications and standards were adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO), the U.S. General Service Administration’s standards (known as FS209E) were applied virtually worldwide for Data Center and Comms Room Cleaning. However, as the need for international standards grew, the ISO established a technical committee and several working groups to delineate its own set of standards. The Data Center Cleaning Standards are inherits from ISO 14644-1.

Computer Room Cleaning Standards ISO 14644-1 LondonFS209E contains six classes, while the ISO 14644-1 classification system adds two cleaner standards and one dirtier standard. The “cleanest” cleanroom in FS209E is referred to as Class 1; the “dirtiest” cleanroom is a class 100,000. ISO cleanroom classifications are rated according to how much particulate of specific sizes exist per cubic meter. The “cleanest” cleanroom is a class 1 and the “dirtiest” a class 9. ISO class 3 is approximately equal to FS209E class 1, while ISO class 8 approximately equals FS209E class 100,000.

By law, Federal Standard 209E can be superseded by new international standards for Data Center Cleaning Standards. It is expected that 209E will be used in some industries over the next five years, but that eventually it will be replaced internationally by ISO 14644-1.

Data Center Cleaning Standards ISO 14644-1

ISO 14644 Data Center Cleaning Standards were first formed from the US Federal Standard 209E Airborne Particulate Cleanliness Classes in Cleanrooms and Clean Zones. The need for a single standard for cleanroom classification and testing was long felt. After ANSI and IEST petitioned to ISO for new standards, the first document of ISO 14644 was published in 1999, ISO 14644-1.

In 2000, ISO 14644-2 was published, which began the process of FED-STD-209E being cancelled. On November 29, 2001, the document was cancelled and superseded by ISO 14644-1 and ISO 14644-2.

Composition of ISO 14644 and Data Center Cleaning Standards

  • ISO 14644-1: Classification of air cleanliness
  • ISO/DIS 14644-1.2(2014): Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration
  • ISO 14644-2: Specifications for testing and monitoring to prove continued compliance with ISO 14644-1
  • ISO/DIS 14644-2.2(2014):Monitoring to provide evidence of cleanroom performance related to air cleanliness by particle concentration
  • ISO 14644-3: Test Methods
  • ISO 14644-4: Design, Construction, and Start-up
  • ISO 14644-5: Operations
  • ISO 14644-6: Vocabulary
  • ISO 14644-7: Separative devices (clean air hoods, gloveboxes, isolators and minienvironments
  • ISO 14644-8: Classification of airborne molecular contamination
  • ISO 14644-9: Classification of surface particle cleanliness
  • ISO 14644-10: Classification of Surface Cleanliness by Chemical Concentration
  • ISO 14644-12: Classification of Air Cleanliness by Nanoscale Particle Concentration

London Computer Room Cleaning Standards ISO 14644-1

How Important are Data Center Cleaning Standards for UK DCC

Whether supporting customers with data hosting or cloud requirements, computer rooms or server cabinets we understand the key issues you’re facing, so that we can ensure the highest quality and appearance, inspiring trust and confidence. With dust reduction becoming increasingly important, our daily cleaning at UK DCC to ISO 14644-1 standard (cleanrooms and controlled environments) ensures a bespoke solution, that includes full cleaning, intensive treatments, control systems for entering/exiting the data rooms, and air particulate testing. This approach supports a dust-free environment aiding efficient temperature control and reducing your energy costs, as well as helping prevent costly downtime. So whether you’re operating a large data hall or a single server cabinet, we ensure you receive the highest Data Center cleaning standards in cleanliness.

Controlling the Data Center cleaning standard process

Audits must be performed on a routine basis to ensure cleaning is effective. A list of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) relevant to the SOW forms the basis of an audit checklist.

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