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Data Center Training
IDCA has designed the data center training course in a unique manner, focusing on the essentials for the executives, managers, and senior operators and designers, to select, build, and manage data centers. IDCA have incorporated specific soft skills to enhance the learning curve throughout the courses.
IDCA certified courses are based on a ladder elevation scheme. Applicants of all diversities and backgrounds start from the Data Center Infrastructure Specialist (DCIS)® course, which teaches them the foundations of the data center, data center infrastructure, data center standards and compliance. From there professionals can either take the Management Route or the Expert Route. By taking the expert route the Data Center Engineering Specialist (DCES)® course must be completed which comprehensively covers the engineering and design aspects of data centers, while the management track requires taking of the Data Center Operations Specialist (DCOS)® course which covers all the aspects of the operations, maintenance, capacity management, planning, SLA/OLA management, efficiency planning, etc. These courses cover in-depth the values, complications and parameters of different data center Grade levels from the viewpoint of Infinity Paradigm® as well as its predecessors coupled with latest industry trends and recommendations. DCOS and DCES courses are typically offered in combination with DCIS®. By completing both DCIS and DCES professionals are automatically awarded a third certificate: Data Center Infrastructure Expert (DCIE)®. Likewise, by completing both DCIS® and DCOS® professionals are awarded a third certificate: Data Center Operations Manager (DCOM)®. Upon obtaining either DCOM or DCIE status individuals become qualified for taking the breathtaking course Data Center Technology Professional (DCTP)® covering live comparisons and practical measure of actual technologies used for power, cooling, civil, security, fire, safety, EMS, BMS, management, monitoring, etc. By completion of DCTP®, DCOM® automatically becomes a Data Center Manager (DCM)® and a DCIE® automatically becomes a Data Center Expert (DCE)® in pursuit to becoming a Data Center Authority (DCA)®, which requires fulfilling DCA® criteria and thesis.
IDCA Course Modules
IDCA offers a broad range of educational programs geared specifically to the data center:
This course is fundamental for executives, data center owners, managers, and operators, to enrich their knowledge beyond the industry buzzwords. The DCIS course provides end-to-end coverage of the mission critical infrastructure systems that support typical Data Centers and environments with high availability requirements. The course will provide full understanding of the main components that comprise the Data Center build, highlighting benefits of each, to allow for the most appropriate system and component selection.
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.
This course targets Data Center Mangers, Data Center Planners and Data Center Strategists that are responsible for overseeing, maintaining, managing & planning of Data Center capacities, efficiencies, availabilities and operations on for its intended purposes and designated footprints. The DCOS® course focuses on best practices to be applied, and mechanisms and methodologies to enhance the long-run objectives as well as the daily operations of Data Centers. It further teaches how to streamline processes, increase efficiency and productivity whilst maintaining high availability. The core concepts are based on demonstrated principles, which are optimized from lessons learned across Data Center front-runners such as Consultants, Managed Service Providers, and Data Center owners across varied industries.
This course is aimed for Data Center Operation Managers® and Data Center Infrastructure Experts® who are in charge of planning data center technology roadmaps. The DCTP® course unwraps the true essence of technologies in and around the Data Center space. The new trends, recommendations, and the data center components that posses the finest design and selection criteria most suitable to prolong the life of the Data Center, save costs, increase efficiency, lower risks, and offer sustainable and optimum features. Various technologies from each category are showcased and compared with the available alternatives, legacy systems and other technology routes that differ based on the design topology and strategic planning of every data center.
This course targets Managers, Executives, Directors, Strategic Planners and/or Professionals who are engaged with operational aspects of live and running data centers. From the disaster recovery planning to health and safety criteria to capacity planning, enhancement and upgrade management, risk mitigation and migration principals to growth modeling and schemes, HR roles and responsibilities, vendor and contract management of OLAs and SLAs are all covered and effectively outlined in the program. The DCOM® generates distinguished data center operational managers, architects, service providers and mentors and enables them to have leading roles in high-availability Data Center Operations.
This course targets developing experts who can lead the data center industry as consultants, architects, subject matter experts. It provides professionals the right skill sets from the foundational concepts to the engineering, design, grading concepts, which are driven by the industry’s live experiences and best practices. It 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 of Engineering & Design.
This course is aimed for Data Center Experts who desire to posses the right skill sets for architecting, engineering, designing and planning data center across industries. It covers power, cooling, safety, security, ICT, application and standardization parameters in developing, designing and building of the Data Center. The DCE® equips infrastructure experts with technology roadmaps, to aid in the design & appraisal of Data Centers, to ensure modularity and flexibility for growth and enhancement of sustainable reliability, efficiency and availability.
This course is aimed for Data Center Managers who are not only in charge of data center operations, but the entire data center management cycle. It covers the management concepts, challenges, capacities, plans and strategies as well as technology aspects and deciding factors in determining and implementing best management principles. The DCM® certification strengthens the operational awareness of future technologies, leading to effective management of data centers by enhancing and preparing professionals for process advancements.
This course is aimed for professionals who authoritative potentials, know-how and opportunity to become subject matter authorities in their specific data center arena. Individuals will be taken through multi levels of foundation, concept, principle, theory, physics, strategy, management, engineering and design, technology and selection in order to complete this course work required for becoming a DCA®. In addition to course work, all successful DCA® candidates must fulfill the required criteria which include but are not limited to undergoing minimum G1 data center project alongside IDCA approved consultants, as well as submitting an effective thesis to the attention of the accreditation committee of IDCA. The thesis shall be driven from their professional experiences and subject matter expertise in power, cooling, application, security, etc. DCAs will be the front-runners of the data center industry and key players and contributors to the industry’s direction. The DCA® is a leap into data center Strategy, approached in the unique manner of capturing the operations aspects of a data center, compliance parameters and knowledge of the design fundamentals, thus applying the insight into future technologies, amalgamating this knowledge to prepare the management, build, expansion, or upgrade for reliable, resilient, secure, and efficient data centers.
The IDCA courses are suited not only for Executives, Senior Managers & Operators to Select, Build, and Manage Data Centers, but also render in-depth knowledge and field-expertise for Engineers, Architects, Designers, Project Managers, Consultants, Trainers and Auditors.
Following a solemn quest to locate the most knowledgeable experts in the data center field, only carefully selected professionals with data center design, build, & management experience, as well as exhibited years of outstanding teaching and research capabilities, certified and licensed by IDCA are allowed to deliver the courses. IDCA courses are only available through licensed IDCA Educational Institutions.
IDCA governs, with close attention, the implementation of its stringent policies and measures for quality of delivery and conducting method of IDCA data center training courses. IDCA data center training courses are structured to encourage dynamic participations, group activities, open dialogs rather than monolog lectures, embedded with wide array of problem solving exercises and activities that ensure the learnt content clearly digest and become applicable for live data center world interactions. All IDCA courses around the world, are delivered by licensed educational institutions, regularly audited with controlled oversight and involve official respondent feedback and customer survey forms for which IDCA takes pride in having an overwhelming 99.999% absolute satisfaction from attendees to its data center certification programs.
The foundation of data center training courses is based on IDCA Infinity Paradigm® and its inhabitant IDCA guidelines and principles. IDCA also takes advantage of the disciplines of its predecessors and selectively brings together the best of the crop in combination to its own guidelines. IDCA utilizes competencies of wide range of international standards that are specific to their domain, such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), European Standards (EN), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), European Committee for Standardization (CEN), European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), British Standards (BS), International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE), etc. and many other latest industry standards and best practices, are enhanced via hands-on proficiency of data center industry experts around the globe. Since IDCA’s view even the aggregate of earlier disciplines do not cater the required value to the end-user nor deliver the data center vision that IDCA portrays to shape and maintain the data center industry, IDCA spends great deal of effort in highlighting the identified gaps and shortcomings in the data center industry and provide a clear and efficient roadmap for the approach, selection, design, operation, and various processes and methodologies of the Data Center.
IDCA provides data center training and certification courses worldwide via its accredited and authorized training providers around the globe, who are offering certified IDCA data center courses on regular basis. All authorized providers have been through rigorous IDCA certification processes and have had their instructors, facilities and delivery processes reviewed and approved by IDCA.
To inquire about your local training provider or to apply to become a local provider, you can contact [email protected]. Furthermore, a key ingredient of why IDCA's data center training programs are so effective, up-to-date and ahead of the data center curve is IDCA's constant involvement with the professionals on the ground. Therefore, to stay in touch and to constantly engage with the actual end-users, technicians, specialists, operators, and executives at both the national and international levels, IDCA does certain carefully selected and planed elite events on annual basis. These exclusive and personal education tours are training events that IDCA directly conducts in major cities around the world. If you would like to attend one of these events, you must inquire for availability first via [email protected].