This course targets developing experts who can lead the data center industry as consultants, architects and subject matter experts. It provides professionals the right skill sets from the foundational concepts to the engineering, design, classification and grading concepts, which are driven by the industry’s live experiences and best practices. DCIE® clarifies the taboos in the industry, the gray areas where all providers, operators, engineers and experts continuously argue and question and resolves ambiguities in the expert’s mind as to how to plan, design and build data centers.

The DCIE® requires achievement of unparalleled and thorough understanding of data center infrastructure fundamentals as they relate to engineering & design.

 

Become DCIE® Certified

 
 
 

DCIE® Syllabus

 
 
 

Day 1Data Center Infrastructure Specialist (DCIS)®

Data Center Overview
  • Data Center History
  • Data Center Definitions
  • The Data Center Beast
  • Data Center Downtime & Outage
  • Present Data Center Standards
  • Future of Data Center Standards
The Infinity Paradigm
  • Application Ecosystem (AE)℠
  • Core & Pyramid Models
  • The Organization
  • The 7 Abstraction Layers
    • Application Layer
    • Platform Layer
    • Compute Layer
    • ITI Layer
    • SFI Layer
    • Site Layer
    • Topology Layer
  • Application Delivery Model (ADM)
  • Application Delivery Infrastructure (ADI)
  • Data Center Node (DCN)
  • Logical Infrastructure
  • Physical Infrastructure
Grading Systems
  • Data Center Tiers & Classes
  • Data Center Grade Levels
  • AER, OER, EER, RER, SER
  • Efficacy Score Rating
Data Center Development
  • Data Center Tiers & Classes
  • Data Center Development Process
  • Data Center Phases
Site, Civil & Architecture
  • Data Center Site Selection & Criteria
  • Data Center Site Proximity, Hazard & Risks
  • Data Center Topology
  • Data Center Structure
  • Data Center Construction
  • Data Center Interior Fit-out
  • Data Center Space Relationships
  • Data Center CR, ER, MDA, HDA and ZDA
  • Data Center Raised Floor System
  • Data Center Grounding & Bounding
  • Data Center Earthing
Power Systems
  • Data Center Site Selection & Criteria
  • Logical Electrical Flow
  • DC, AC, W, AV Rates and Concepts
  • Utility Service
  • High Voltage Systems
  • Switchgear
  • Transformers
  • Low Voltage Systems
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems
  • UPS Configurations
  • Battery and Battery Types
  • Generators
  • Fuel Tanks
  • Power Distribution
  • ATS, STS
  • Power Cabling
  • Busbar Trunking System (BTS)
  • EPO
  • Grounding
  • Lightning Protection System
  • Alternative Power Sources
  • EF, MF, EMF, EMI
  • EMF & EMP Shielding

Day 2Data Center Infrastructure Specialist (DCIS)®

Data Center Cooling
  • Environmental Air
  • Cooling Capacity
  • Precision Cooling
  • Direct Expansion (DX) Systems
  • Non-DX Systems
  • Cooling Methodologies
  • Cold-Aisle / Hot- Aisle
  • CRAC/CRAH
  • Cooling Topologies:
    • Open CRAC Systems
    • Aisle Containment (Cold & Hot)
    • In-Row Cooling
    • In-Rack Cooling
  • Cooling Towers
  • Chillers
  • Data Center Water Supply
Fire Protection
  • Fire Types and Classes
  • Smoke and Heat Detection
  • Aspiratory Detection and Sensing
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Gas Suppression Systems & Agents (FM200, Novec, etc.)
  • Fire Prevention Technology
  • Data Center Safety
Data Center Security
  • Physical Infrastructure Security
  • CCTV
  • Access Control
  • Mantraps
  • Barbwires
  • Security Protocols & Procedures
  • IT Infrastructure Security
Data Center Structured Cabling
  • Cabling Layout
  • Patching & Termination
  • Labeling
  • Intelligence
IT Infrastructure
  • System
  • Storage
  • Networks
  • Virtualization & Cloud
  • External Telecom Connectivity
  • High Availability Designs
Data Center Efficiency
  • Cost of Energy
  • Power Usage
  • Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
  • Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency (DCIE)
  • Applications and Hosting Models
  • Applications
  • Application Delivery Architecture
  • App Tiers
  • Colo vs Managed Hosting
  • ASP Hosting
  • Public & Private Clouds
Data Center Efficiency
  • Cost of Energy
  • Power Usage
  • Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
  • Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency (DCIE)
  • Applications and Hosting Models
  • Applications
  • Application Delivery Architecture
  • App Tiers
  • Colo vs Managed Hosting
  • ASP Hosting
  • Public & Private Clouds
Monitoring and Management
  • MMS, EMS, EPMS, BMS
  • Temperature Monitoring
  • Leak Detection
  • Integration
Network Operation Center (NOC)
  • Systems
  • Procedures
  • Control
Data Center Trends
  • Latest Data Center Technology Trends
  • Latest Data Center Industry Trends
Examination

Day 3Data Center Engineering Specialist (DCES)®️®️

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 Organizational Structure
  • Data Center Stakeholders
  • Open Process Framework
  • Data Center Operations Management Team
  • Data Center Business Manager
  • Data Center Topology Manager
  • Data Center Operations Manager
  • Data Center Node Operations Manager
  • Data Center Node Manager
  • Data Center SFI Manager
  • Data Center ITI Manager
  • Data Center Floor Manager
  • Data Center Site Manager
  • Data Center NOC Manager
  • Data Center S&S Manager
  • Relationships, Duties and Limitations
Data Center Site and Building
  • Site Selection Considerations
  • Architectural
  • Building Systems
  • Walls, Structural Ceiling & Floor Systems

Day 4Data Center Engineering Specialist (DCES)®️®️

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

Day 5Data Center Engineering Specialist (DCES)®️®️

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
  • SONET, OC, STS, SDH, STM
  • 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
Examination
 
 
 

IDCA Course Modules

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