Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP®)

The course will address how to setup and improve key aspects such as power, cooling, security, cabling, safety, etc., to ensure a high available data centre. It will also address key operations and maintenance aspects.

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Learning Objectives

After completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Choose an optimum site for mission-critical data centre based on current and future needs
  • Describe all components that are important for high availability in a data centre and how to effectively setup the data centre
  • Name and apply the various industry standards
  • Describe the various technologies for UPS, fire suppression, cooling, monitoring systems, cabling standards, etc, and to select and apply them effectively to cost-efficiently enhance the high-availability of the data centre.
  • Review the electrical distribution system to avoid costly downtime
  • Enhance cooling capabilities and efficiency in the data centre by using existing and new techniques and technologies for the increased cooling requirements of the future
  • Design a highly reliable and scalable network architecture and learn how to ensure installers apply proper testing techniques
  • Create effective maintenance contracts with equipment suppliers ensuring the best return on investment
  • Setup effective data centre monitoring ensuring the right people get the right message
  • Ensure proper security measures, both procedural and technical, are established to safeguard your company's valuable information in the data centre


    Course Details

    Course Outline

    1 - The Data Centre, it’s Importance and Causes for Downtime
  • 2 - Data Centre Standards and Best Practices
  • 3 - Data Centre Location, Building and Construction
  • Selecting appropriate sites and buildings and how to avoid pitfalls
  • Various components of an effective data centre and supporting facilities setup
  • 4 - Raised Floor/Suspended Ceiling
  • Uniform, concentrated and rolling load definitions
  • Applicable standards
  • Raised Floor guidelines
  • Signal Reference Grid, grounding of racks
  • Disability act and regulations
  • Suspended ceiling usage and requirements
  • 5 - Light
  • Standards
  • Light fixture types and placement
  • Emergency lighting, Emergency Power Supply (EPS)
  • 6 - Power Infrastructure
  • Power infrastructure layout from generation to rack level
  • ATS and STS systems
  • Redundancy levels and techniques
  • Three-phase and single-phase usage
  • Power distribution options within the computer room
  • Power cabling versus bus bar trunking
  • Bonding versus grounding
  • Common Mode Noise and isolation transformers
  • Distribution boards, form factors and IP-protection grades
  • Power quality guidelines
  • Real power versus apparent power
  • How to size and calculate load in the data centre Generators
  • Static and dynamic UPS systems, selection criteria, how they operate and energy efficiency option
  • Battery types, correct selection and testing
  • Thermo-graphics
  • 7 - Electro Magnetic Fields
  • Electrical fields and magnetic fields definitions and units of measurements
  • Sources of EMF
  • Effects of EMF on human health and equipment
  • (H)EMP
  • Standards
  • EMF shielding solutions
  • 8 - Equipment Racks
  • Rack standards, properties and selection criteria
  • Security considerations
  • Power rail/strip options
  • 9 - Cooling Infrastructure
  • Temperature and humidity recommendations
  • Cooling measurement units and conversion rates
  • Sensible and latent heat definitions
  • Differences between comfort and precision cooling
  • Overview of different air conditioner technologies
  • Raised floor versus non-raised floor cooling
  • Placement of air conditioner units and limitations to be observed
  • Supplemental cooling options
  • Cold aisle/hot aisle containment
  • 10 - Water Supply
  • Importance of water supply and application areas
  • Backup water supply techniques
  • 11 - Designing a Scalable Network Infrastructure
  • The importance of a Structured Cabling System
  • Planning considerations
  • Copper and Fiber cable technology and standards
  • ANSI/TIA-942 Cabling hierarchy and recommendations
  • Testing and verification
  • SAN storage cabling
  • Network redundancy
  • Building-to-building connectivity
  • Network monitoring system requirements
  • 12 - Fire Suppression
  • Standards for fire suppression
  • Detection systems
  • Various total flooding fire suppression techniques and systems, their benefits and disadvantages
  • Handheld extinguishers
  • Signage and safety
  • Regulatory requirements and best practices
  • 13 - Data Centre Monitoring
  • Data centre monitoring requirements
  • EMS versus BMS
  • Water leak detection systems
  • Notification options and considerations
  • 14 - Operational Security and Safety Practices
  • Data centre security layers
  • Physical, infrastructure and organisational security
  • Safety measures and essential signage
  • 15 - Labelling
  • Choosing a labelling scheme
  • Recommended labelling practices
  • Network labelling
  • 16 - Documentation
  • How to setup proper documentation
  • Document management policies and procedures
  • 17 - Cleaning
  • Cleaning practices for the data centre
  • 18 - MTBF/MTTR
  • Standards and definitions
  • Calculation models
  • The ‘real’ value
  • 19 - Maintenance Contracts/SLA/OLA
  • 20 - EXAM: Certified Data Centre Professional
  • Actual course outline may vary depending on offering center. Contact your sales representative for more information.

    Who is it For?

    Target Audience

    The primary audience for this course is any IT, facilities or data centre professional who works in and around the data centre and who has the responsibility to achieve and improve the availability and manageability of the data centre.

    Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP®)

    Course Length : 2 Days

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