Data Centre Fundamentals

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Program Overview

Available in English and Spanish.

Gain a comprehensive overview of the Data Centre industry, the role of a Data Centre and key operational aspects.

Data Centres play such significant roles in our business and personal lives, yet not many people really know what they are. Often referred to as ‘the cloud’ where our data is stored and processed, they are much more than this; they power the Internet giving us the ability to pay bills online, access our emails, obtain money from ATM machines, watch movies, communicate around the world and to carry on what is now considered a normal, fiercely technological lifestyle.

This 16-hour online program has been designed to help de-mystify the complex world of Data Centres. It provides an overview of what Data Centres are, what they do and why we need them. Key aspects relating to basic design and design philosophies are also examined and the essential considerations of Data Centre management such as operational processes, energy management and facility management are explored along with their relationships to overall business strategy. The Data Centre industry as a whole is also explained including the value of the industry today, the significant growth the industry has seen to date and how this will continue in the future.

Is this training program for me?

This program has been designed for individuals who are either new to the Data Centre industry (technicians with limited experience or exposure to Data Centre facilities) or for those who sell products and services to the Data Centre industry or who sell Data Centre services.

What is the duration and format of this program?

This program consists of 16-hours of online, asynchronous study.  Study can be undertaken at your convenience over a period of time. Once booked, an online link with a password is sent to you which unlocks the relevant material for you to start your study. At the end of study there is a short quiz.

Program Cost

£495.00 GBP
$745.00 USD
€665.00 EUR

Interest Free Payment Option Available for UK Students

CNet Training now offer up to 12 months interest free payment options for those in the UK. Find out if you are eligible here.

Do I need any previous experience?

There are no specific pre-requisites for this program however some awareness of the Data Centre industry would be advantageous.

Program requirements

This is an online program and students require access to PC or Mac with Internet connectivity.

What will I gain from completing this training program?

Students will gain a comprehensive overview of the Data Centre industry, the functional requirements of Data Centre facilities, the key aspects of Data Centre infrastructure and management and the facility’s relationship to business strategy. As well as a CNet Training Certificate.

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What are the topics of this training program?
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  • What is a Data Centre?
    • Define a Data Centre
    • Identify the main Data Centre types
    • Identify the business service options
  • The role and objectives of a Data Centre
    • The purpose of a Data Centre
    • Describe the functional requirements of a Data Centre
  • Design overview
    • Key basic design requirements and design philosophies
    • Criticality considerations and their relationship to business strategy
  • Managing a Data Centre
    • Key aspects of the Data Centre physical infrastructure
    • Recall standards, regulations, and operational process
    • Move, adds and change processes
    • Efficient energy management
    • Data Centre facility management
    • Recall a variety of management tools
  • The Data Centre industry and market
    • The value and growth of the Data Centre industry
Further Learning

Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) – relevant to new entrants to the cabling industry in addition to those already working within the cable installation environment wishing to formalise their skills.

Certified Network Infrastructure Technician (CNIT®) – designed for individuals within the network cabling installation environment wishing to extend their hands on practical skills, knowledge, qualifications and certifications in relation to cable installation within different environments.

Certified Data Centre Technician Professional (CDCTP®) – beneficial to technical personnel who are responsible for the day-to-day smooth operation of the mission critical environments within these facilities.

Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP®) – ideal for managers who are seeking to get a greater understanding of the data centre design concepts and principles.