CDCE-Certified Data Center Expert

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The Certified Data Centre Expert course is a five-day course designed to prepare participants to analyze a given business case and perform technical evaluation for a project plan and a set of designs for implementation of a mission critical Data Centre. The course also engages participants in product evaluations and demonstrates how to select equipment and develop equipment test scripts (IET) and integrated performance and validation testing (IPVT). CDCE® builds upon knowledge gained in CDCP® and CDCS® courses. Participants who pass the exam will join the industry’s elite Data Centre project design experts.

After completion of the course the attendee will be able to:

  • Choose an optimum site for mission critical Data Centre’s based on current and future needs
  • Describe all components important for hi-availability in a Data Centre and how to effectively setup the Data Centre
  • Understand the design lifecycle stages for Data Centre build projects and the phases involved in project execution.
  • Analyze a business case and develop a project brief that is aimed at fulfilling the business resilience, site selection and design requirements for a fit-for-purpose and suitably redundant mission critical Data Centre
  • Conduct technical level design reviews for a give set of preliminary design documents and perform a technical compliance audit of a set of final design development documents compliant to TIA standards.
  • Understand how to read electrical Single Line Diagrams (SLE) and other related design documents, and be able to detect the most common design mistakes.
  • Evaluate product datasheets and discriminate among technical specifications and functional requirements for suitability against a set of given design requirements for a given site and business case.
  • Correlate equipment specification to site design constraints, such as room size and space, floor loading capacity, cooling capacity, power quality conditions and maintenance requirements while ensuring equipment selection does not compromise desired tier level compliance
  • Develop Individual Equipment Test (IET) and Integrated Performance and Validation Test (IPVT) plans for a mission critical Data Centre.
  • Develop guidelines and checklists for hand-over of a mission critical Data Centre facility, its architectural, mechanical, electrical, IT elements and documentation.
  • Develop retirement plans for decommissioning and hand-over of an aged mission critical Data Centre facility

Target Audience
The primary audience for this course is an IT, facilities or Data Centre Operations professional working in and around the data centre and having oversight accountability or responsibility for achieving and improving high availability and manageability of the Data Centre and involved in the design/build, renovation or relocation of a mission critical Data Centre.

Participants must hold a valid CDCS® certificate in order to register for the CDCE® class.

Delivery Structure  
CDCE® is an instructor-led course that uses a combination of presentation lectures and question and answer sessions, to discuss attendees’ specific needs and issues experienced in their own environment. The CDCE® course is approximately 60% hands-on and 40% lecture. Attendees are able to tap into the trainer’s extensive experience to enable them to solve practical problems in their current environment, thus adding tremendous value.

Exam and Certification
Certification exams will be arranged at the end of the last day of the course. The exam is a one and a half hour, 60 questions, multiple choice and closed book exam. Results of the exam pass/fail will be communicated to the attendee within four weeks after the examination. Attendees who pass the exam will receive the official “Certified Data Centre Expert” Certificate. Certification is valid for a three years period after which the student needs to re-certify. For more information on certification please click here


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