Data Centers


TIA-942 Data Center Infrastructure Standard Keeps Pace with the Evolving Digital World

TIA is dedicated to staying ahead of technology trends by continuously updating ANSI standards. The latest revision of the TIA-942 standard now includes enhancements to accommodate the increasing data growth, advancements in AI, and the growing focus on sustainability. Purchase your copy here.

By 2025, global data generation is expected to reach 181 trillion gigabytes, with a significant portion processed at the edge [i]. This aligns with the growth of data-intensive AI applications, driving the need for high-bandwidth transmission and increased power densities. Data centers are under pressure to reduce environmental impact, prompting upgrades to infrastructure. The revised TIA-942-C standard addresses these evolving demands. To learn more about these trends and the resulting updates within version C, download our white paper.

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Data Centers for an AI World

The data centers are the foundations of the evolving digital world in which we live, work, and play. The evolution of the technology with an always connected artificial intelligence (AI), mission critical services, environmental concerns, increased levels of resilience and performance are contributing to significant changes in the way data centers are designed, operated, and maintained. They come in all sizes and can be located anywhere.

Certify your Data Center today!
Data center owners around the world have been certifying their facilities to the TIA-942 standard to help their businesses. As competition for customers increases, TIA-942 certification can set your data center apart and drive new customers looking for the most resilient and reliable data centers. The TIA-942 Certification Program demonstrates conformity to the requirements of the globally-recognized ANSI/TIA-942 standard, providing greater assurance to customers and stakeholders.

TIA’s Data Center Working Group brings together data center owners, equipment suppliers, communication services providers, consultants, engineering firms, auditing firms, and data center users to establish best practices for data centers within TIA-942.

If you’re interested in lending your expertise to this effort, we want to hear from you. Please send an email to to get involved.

Featured Resources

TIA members have updated the globally adopted TIA-942 Data Center Infrastructure Standard to address the massive growth of data, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), and the growing need for sustainability that place unprecedented demands on data center infrastructure. This paper covers the detailed trends and resulting updates to the standard.

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The October 2021 TIA white paper entitled “Where’s the Edge?” created a framework of edge computing implementations as envisioned by the telecommunications industry. In this paper, we now explore how the Information Technology (IT) sector can overcome the challenges of powering new infrastructure in disparate locations, while also meeting global and corporate decarbonization goals.

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TIA-942 Webinar

As data centers continue to evolve with the emergence of 5G and edge applications, commitment to resilience and reliability must be demonstrated transparently through independent data center certification against an industry-defined standard. This webinar will describe why the ANSI/TIA-942 data center standard and certification program are critical to ensuring the successful deployment of the new applications enabled by 5G. Attendees will get an overview of the latest information around TIA-942 and hear industry experts present their perspectives on why the resiliency of the data center is paramount to building trust in our digital infrastructure.

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The ANSI/TIA-942 Data Center Infrastructure Standard

Specifies the minimum requirements for telecommunications infrastructure of data centers and computer rooms, covering all aspects, including infrastructure, site location, architectural, electrical, mechanical, safety and security. The topology specified in this document is intended to be applicable to any size data center.