Data Center Acronyms and Abbreviations

Data Center Acronyms and Abbreviations

Please feel free to browse the following data center acronyms and abbreviations which can be used to support additional understanding of the data center and information technology industry:



AC Alternating Current
ACAE Air Conditioning Airflow Efficiency
AHU Air Handling Unit
AMS Asset Management System
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ASHRAE The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
ATS Automatic Transfer Switch
BC Business Continuity
BCM Branch Circuit Monitoring
BCP Business Continuity Plan
BIA Business Impact Analysis
BICSI Building Industry Consulting Service International
BMS Building Management System
BSM Business Service Management
BTO Business Technology Optimization
BTU British Thermal Units
BTUH British Thermal Unit Hours
C/H Cooling / Heating
CAC Cold Aisle Containment
CADE Corporate Annual Data Center Efficiency
CapEx Capital Expense
CDP Continuous Data Protection
CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics
CI Continuous Integration
COP Coefficient of Performance
CPU Central Processing Unit
CR Computer Room
CRAC Computer Room Air Conditioner
CRAH Computer Room Air Handler
CRT Cathode Ray Tube
CSI Cold Supply Infiltration index
CUE Carbon Usage Effectiveness


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DC Data Center
DCiE Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency
D/H Dehumidifying / Humidifying
DLM Data Lifecycle Management
DR Disaster Recovery
EAI Enterprise Application Integration
EaaS Everything-as-a-Service
EAP Enterprise Architecture Planning
EFC Equivalent Full Cabinets


Emergency Management System

ERP Enterprise Resource Planning


Electro Static Discharge

FM Facilities Management
FSA File System Archiving
Ghz Gigahertz
HAC Hot Aisle Containment
HPDC High Performance Data Center
HVAC Heating,Ventilation and Air Conditioning
IaaS Infrastructure-as-a-Service
ICT Information and Communications Technology
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ILM Information Life Cycle
ILM/DLM Information and Data Lifecycle Management
IP Internet Protocol
ISO International Organisation for Standardization
IT Information Technology
ITIL Information Technology Infrastructure Library
ITSM Information Technology Service Management
KA Kilovolt Amps
KW Kilowatts
LAN Local Area Network
LCD Liquid Crystal Display
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LV Low Voltage


Miniture Circuit Breaker


Molded Case Circuit Breaker


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MDLP Managed Data Loss Prevention
MECC Managed Event Collection and Correlation
MEP Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
MERV Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value
Mhz Megahertz
MIPS Managed Intrusion Prevention Services
MS Managed Services
MTBF Mean Time Between Failures


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MUTM Managed Unified Threat Management
NEBS Network Equipment Building System
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NIMS National Incident Management Systems
NOC Network Operations Center
O+M Operations and Maintenance
OpEx Operating Expense
Paas Platform-as-a-Service
PDU Power Distribution Unit
PM Project Manager
PMP Project Management Professional
PUE Power Usage Effectiveness
RAH Recirculation Air Handler
RMF Raised Metal Floor
RPO Recovery Point Objective
RPP Remote Power Panel
RTO Recovery Time Objective
RTU Roof Top Unit
RU Rack Unit
SaaS Software-as-a-Service
SLA Service Level Agreement
SME Small to Medium Size Enterprise
SNOC Systems and Network Operation Center
SOA Service Orientated Architecture
SOC Systems Operation Center
TIA Telecommunications Industry Association
UPS Uninterruptible Power Supply
USGBC US Green Building Council
UTI Uptime Institute
VA Volt Ampere
VDC Virtual Data Center
VM Virtual Machine
VOIP Voice Over IP
VPN Virtual Private Network
WAN Wide Area Network
WUE Water Usage Effectiveness