This course targets professionals who intend to become experts in the data center field. It caters extensive information to Infrastructure Architects, Designers, Consultants and Auditors, as well as facility operators, IT managers, application managers, engineers and project managers. The DCES course empowers Infrastructure Specialists (DCIS)® with selection and design knowledge that will assist engineers in formulating the appropriate framework for their Data Centers. The course will also enhance the awareness of stakeholders and enable the precise appraisal of their Data Center investments through Value Engineering (VE), leading to higher availability, reliability, efficiency, reliance, security, safety and capacity at optimized costs.


DCES® Syllabus


Intro to Data Center Engineering

  • Engineering Importance
  • Data Center Components
  • Data Center Key players
  • Tools and Techniques
  • How and Where to Get Help

Data Center Engineering Process

  • The Data Center EPS
  • Phased Process
  • Adaptive Need Conversion
  • Understanding Application
  • App Architecture
  • ETT, TPS, Load and Complexity Factor

Data Center Classification

  • Data Center Tiers and Classes
  • Data Center Grade Levels
  • Data Center Definitions and Options
  • The Infinity Paradigm® Review
  • Standard Requirements
  • Designing with Limitations

Data Center Availability Engineering

  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Types of Availability
  • Common Availability Figures
  • Calculating Availability
  • Redundancy
  • Design Efficiency

Data Center Site and Building

  • Site Selection Considerations
  • Architectural
  • Building Systems
  • Walls, Structural Ceiling & Floor Systems

Data Center Power Systems

  • Electrical Systems – Macro View
  • Power System Goals
  • Electrical Concepts: PF, KW, KVA, KVAR
  • 3-Phase Power
  • Single Line Diagram (SLD)
  • Power Transmission
  • Utility Power
  • Power Feed Classifications
  • Break before Make
  • Make before Break
  • Topologies
  • Unit Substations
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Switchgear
  • Arc Flash
  • Standby Generator
  • Transfer Switches (ATS, STS, etc.)
  • UPS Systems
  • Power Distribution Unit (PDU)
  • Busbar Trunking System (BTS)
  • Calculating Power Requirements & Load
  • Important Considerations
  • Data Center Lighting Systems

Data Center Grounding System

  • Effective Grounding System
  • Equipment & Materials
  • Methods and Disciplines

Data Center Cooling & Mechanical Systems

  • Mechanical Systems Overview
  • Latent vs Sensible Cooling
  • Sensible Heat Ratio
  • Cooling Cost Engineering
  • Humidity Cost Engineering
  • Heat Transfer Principles
  • Environmental Design Conditions
  • HVAC
  • Cooling System Topologies
  • Precision Air Cooling
  • Chilled Water Cooling
  • Direct Expansion (DX)
  • Comparing Solutions and Designs
  • Heat Transfer Fluids
  • Temperature Differential
  • CAV vs VAV Systems
  • Cooling Measurements
  • Cooling Layouts
  • Cooling Efficiency

Data Center Fire Protection

  • Physical Infrastructure Security
  • General Considerations
  • Detection Systems
  • Prevention Systems
  • Suppression Systems
  • Fire Concepts
  • Fire Classifications
  • VESDA and HSSD
  • Halocarbon vs Inert Agents
  • Fire Suppression Sizing & Calculations
  • Water-based Systems

Data Center Structured Cabling

  • Connectors
  • UTP, FTP, STP Cables
  • Singlemode vs. Multimode Fiber
  • Data Center Cabling Topology
  • Horizontal Cabling
  • Backbone Cabling
  • Cabling Security
  • Structured Cabling Considerations

IT Infrastructure

  • Data Center Telecommunication
  • Data and Data Transmission
  • DSx vs. Tx
  • Telecom Categories and Capacities
  • Optical Carrier
  • Signal Hierarchy
  • Dark Fiber

Information Technology

  • Server Types and Components
  • Storage Types and Media
  • Storage Engineering
  • RAID Methods
  • Network Infrastructures
  • Network Topologies
  • Routing & Switching Protocols
  • IGP, BGP, OSPF, VRRP, MPLS, ATM, Frame Relay
  • IPv4 vs. IPv6
  • OSI Model
  • Load Balancing Types & Methods
  • 6-Pack Architecture
  • Firewalls and Intrusion Detection
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • VPN Protocols: IPsec, L2TP, PPTP, SSL
  • Virtualization Types & Methods
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • OpenStack

Data Center Safety & Security Systems

  • CCTV, DVR, NVR, etc.
  • Access Control Systems
  • Mantraps & Airlocks
  • Tracking & Tracing
  • The Security Office
  • IT Security
  • Safety Principals



IDCA Course Modules

IDCA offers a broad range of educational programs geared specifically to the data center:

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