Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP®)


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CDCP - Certified Data Centre Professional

This 2-day course is designed to expose participants to the key components of the data centre. CDCP training will address how to setup and improve key aspects such as power, cooling, security, cabling, safety etc. to ensure a high-available data centre. CDCP training will also address key operations and maintenance aspects.  

CDCP is the first training in the EPI Design and Build training track under the EPI Data Centre Training Framework.
 

Intended Audience

The primary audience for this CDCP training course is an IT, Facilities or Data Centre Operations professional working in and around the data centre (representing both end-customers and/or service provider/facilitators) and having responsibility to achieve and improve hi-availability and manageability of the Data Centre, such as: Data centre managers, Operations / Floor / Facility managers, data centre engineers, network/system engineers/data centre sales/consultants.
 

Prerequisites 

There is no specifc prerequisite for the CDCP course. However, participants who already have at least one or two years’ experience in a data centre or facilities environment may be best suited. Those with no experience just yet are most welcome to participate.
 

Course Benefits

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 highavailability 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 Syllabus

The Data Centre, it’s Importance and Causes for Downtime

Data Centre Standards and Best Practices

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

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 requirement

Light

  • Standards
  • Light fixture types and placement
  • Emergency lighting, Emergency Power Supply (EPS)

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

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

Equipment Racks

  • Rack standards, properties and selection criteria
  • Security considerations
  • Power rail/strip options

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 oor versus non-raised floor cooling
  • Placement of air conditioner units and limitations to be observed
  • Supplemental cooling options
  • Cold aisle/hot aisle containment

Water Supply

  • Importance of water supply and application areas
  • Backup water supply techniques

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

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

Data Centre Monitoring

  • Data centre monitoring requirements
  • EMS versus BMS
  • Water leak detection systems
  • Notification options and considerations

Operational Security and Safety Practices

  • Data centre security layers
  • Physical, infrastructure and organisational security
  • Safety measures and essential signage

Labelling

  • Choosing a labelling scheme
  • Recommended labelling practices
  • Network labelling

Documentation

  • How to setup proper documentation
  • Document management policies and procedures

Cleaning

  • Cleaning practices for the data centre

MTBF/MTTR

  • Standards and definitions
  • Calculation models
  • The ‘real’ value

Maintenance Contracts/SLA/OLA

EXAM: Certified Data Centre Professional
 

Exam

Attendees will take a 1 hour Certified Data Centre Professional exam. The exam is 40 questions, closed book and multiple choice based. The passing mark is 27 out of 40. Attendees passing the exam will be awarded the internationally accredited and recognized 'Certified Data Centre Professional' certificate (CDCP).

The CDCP certificate is valid for 3 years, after which recertification is required.  Please see the EPI Recertification Programme for available options.
 

Accreditation

CDCP is world-wide accredited by EXIN.

 

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