Create a comprehensive data centre design that supports the critical needs of the business, examining in-depth the key constraints of data centre functionality to deliver a balanced, efficient, and sustainable solution.
The Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP®) program is proven to be an essential certification for individuals wishing to demonstrate their technical knowledge of data centre architecture and component operating conditions.
This five-day program has a comprehensive agenda that explores and addresses the key elements associated with designing a data centre. It teaches best practice principles for the design, construction and operation of computer rooms and data centre operational support facilities. The program also addresses the importance of accurate interpretation of detailed customer requirements at the planning stage to ensure that the business needs remain focal to all decision making.
Learners will also explore the key elements of physical infrastructure, electrical distribution systems, air-conditioning, data cabling and building support systems. The program concludes with a comprehensive case study exercise that guides learners through the design steps from initiation to commission, covering the business decisions, design scope and implementation phases that need to be addressed throughout all aspects of the process.
A certified CDCDP® also considers the requirements for compliance, having a full understanding of national and international regulations, codes and standards. During the program, learners will be provided a valuable opportunity to access the latest industry standards.
Following this program, you are encouraged to continue your professional development by advancing your knowledge and skills to gain further official certifications and qualifications by progressing through The Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework which maps education programs to career advancement throughout the network infrastructure and data centre sectors.
Experience of working within a data centre environment is essential; preferably with two years experience in a technical IT, operational or facilities role. If you would like to discuss your experience or suitability for this program please contact us.
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CDCDP® certified individuals will possess unrivalled knowledge, expertise and capability to deliver a comprehensive data centre design to meet on-going operational and business needs.
- What is a Data Centre?The data centre stackTypes of data centreThe Design Planning ProcessMain design considerationsDeveloping a project planScoping the RequirementIdentifying key stakeholdersMarket and political driversNational and international standardsAvailability and resilience classificationsIntroduction to Availability Models (Uptime Tier, TIA 942-B Rating, BICSI Classes & Syska Hennessy Critical Levels)Recommendations for location, size, heights, floor loading, lighting and décorWhitespace FloorNational and international standardsStructural and load requirementsRecommended floor heightsAirflow and sealingRamps and accessSeismic protectionSlab floor construction considerationsCabinetsRequirements of a cabinetSecurity, safety and stabilisationClearance, accessibility and ventilationCable managementSeismic stability considerationsDesign specificationsPowerRegulations and codesThe meaning of N, N+1 2(N+1), etcPower delivery and distribution lossesUninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) optionsGenerator considerationsPower distribution unitsPower distribution to, and in a rackRemote Power Panels (RPPs)Emergency Power Off (EPO)Estimating power requirementsCoolingNational and international standardsBasics of air conditioning principlesCRAHs and CRACsASHRAE Operational parametersUnder floor plenum approachHot aisle/cold aisle layout principleHot and cold aisle containmentPsychrometric chartsMin and max throw distances for under floor airBypass and recirculationAirflow managementChilled water racks, CO2, free air coolingEarthing & BondingApplicable standardsThe terminology of earthing, grounding & bondingEquipotential bondingElectrostatic Discharge (ESD)Functional earthsThe Signal Reference Grid (SRG)Cable Containment, Management & ProtectionApplicable standardsSeparation of power and data cablesAdministration and labellingTypes of conduit, trunking, tray, etc, availableEarthing and bondingContainment fill ratioUnderfloor v overhead containmentCable management, in and to a rackFire stoppingDelivering the IT StrategyData centre equipmentFunctions and protocols, current and futureData centre connectionsCabling requirementsCabling standardsCabling optionsThe impact of 40G and 100GThe impact of virtualisationCopper and Optical Fibre Cabling ConnectivityCabling standardsCable standards, 10GBASE-T, CAT6A & Cat 7A & Cat 8Screened vs unscreened cablesHigh density patchingAlien crosstalkCopper test requirementsDesign for growth managementChannel connectionsConnection topologiesOptical connectors, past and presentOptical fibre managementTypes of optical cablePre-terminated cablingAdvantages/disadvantages of pre-terminating cablesOptical component loss and link power budgetsApplication link lossOptical testing requirementsPre-terminated cablingSafety and ManageabilityLocal codes and regulationsFire safety planASD and detection systemsFire suppression systemsFire safety cable requirementsSecurity and access controlCommission and handoverBenefits of commissioningCommission process and test sequenceHandover process and trainingLessons learnedPower ReviewPower consumption trendsEnergy availability, security and costEnergy challenges facing the data centrePower RegulationsWhich regulations affect data centres?Environmental regulations and pressuresEnergy and environmental programsPower BasicsOhm’s law, Joule’s law, the Kirchhoff lawsElectrical parametersAC and DCSingle phase and three phaseResidual currentsHarmonicsPower to the Data CentreWhere does the electricity come from?Electrical supply optionsTransformersSurge suppression devicesCosts of electrical powerTypes of tariff availableAlternate power supply optionsDistribution in the Data CentreElectrical circuit requirementsSwitching devicesPower factor correction unitsAutomatic and static transfer switchesMain, feeder, sub-main circuitsPower distribution unitsRemote power panelsFinal circuitsCable and fuse sizingPower distribution and associated lossesTN-S systemsEnergy efficiencyStandby PowerUPS components, batteries and redundant systemsUPS options and considerationsStatic and maintenance bypassesStandby generatorsCooling ReviewData Centre limiting factorsSources of cooling inefficienciesCooling trendsRegulatory ClimateWhich regulations affect data centres?Environmental pressuresCooling efficiencyDesign considerations & planning redundancyOverview of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)Periodic review processEnvironmental ParametersStandards, NEBS, ETSI, ASHRAEOperating environment rangesRate of changeASHRAE psychrometric chartsHumidification systemsThe need for sensorsMeasuring and monitoringCollecting the HeatCooling system overviewCRACs and CRAHsMaximising existing investmentRack v row optionsDynamics and problems of air flowLiquid coolingComparison of high-density coolingAvailable cooling optionsHeat Rejection Or ReuseHeat transfer considerationsDX systemsChilled water CRAHsChiller optionsAdiabatic coolingCWS and CHWS plantDesign considerationsFree cooling and free – air coolingCommissioning maintenancePlanned preventative maintenanceEnergy Use SystemsEnergy efficiency issuesLayers of inefficiencyPower system provisionCooling system provisionUnderstanding areas of improvementsIT InfrastructureExtending the operating envelopeEnvironment zonesAccurate IT calculationsEnergy use in the IT equipmentSoftware and storage considerationsTransformation optionsEnergy efficient IT equipmentPower SystemsEnergy use in the data centreDC power trainMatching the support to the IT loadTransformer efficienciesUPS & motor efficienciesDCiE for modular provisioningMaximising the power factorMeasuring and monitoringInfrared inspectionsPlanned electrical safety inspectionsImplementing data centre electrical efficiencyCooling EfficiencyCooling, a cascade systemAffinity laws and cooling equationCRAC and CRAH efficienciesOptimising air-side systems & water-side systemsDCiE for cooling optionsDiagnostic and site specific monitoringDesign considerationsData Centre MetricsWhere and what can we measure?The metric stackMetric characteristicsCurrent industry metrics (PUE, CUE, WUE, ERE, RCI & RTI)Chained value metrics (CADE)Proxy metrics (FVER, DPPE, DCeP)Efficiency Models & Best PracticesEnergy calculationsLevels of modellingModelling toolsSources of guidanceEffective v EfficientThe DC language barrierthe multi-functional teamDesign for efficiency, operability & flexibilityIndustry recognised best practicesDesign ManagementCharacteristics of project managementKey project processesIdentifying and engaging with key stakeholdersSetting goalsPrioritisation of activitiesCornerstones of project managementManaging the Design ProcessWhat is to be delivered?What constraints are there?Managing dependenciesManaging the tribesManaging conflictIdentifying riskRisk and issue managementChange managementReporting and communicationManaging the Design Implementation ProcessProject charter and specificationRisk assessment and managementScope managementFloat and critical pathHuman resource managementProject integration and work breakdown structureTime and cost managementHandover and progressive acceptance
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