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Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS)

4.6 out of 5 rating Last updated 21/07/2024   English

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21 Aug 24 Enquire Book
08:00 - 16:00 Live Online 2,050
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3 Days

18 CPD hours


After completion of the course the participant will be able to: Understand the design life cycle of data centres and the stages involved Discuss the data centre requirements in great level of detail with vendors, suppliers and contractors to ensure that these requirements are met Validate design plans, quotes and offers proposed by vendors/contractors' Understand redundancy levels for both the data centre design/setup and maintenance Understand the various building considerations such as bullet proofing, mitigation of seismic activity, fire ratings and thermal stability Understand how to install a raised floor that meets requirements, avoiding misalignment, level differences and leakage Understand how to read a Single Line Electrical Diagram to identify and avoid the most common design issues' Choose the correct UPS and parallel configuration, learn and avoid classic parallel installation mistakes' Understand how to calculate battery banks, validate offered configurations to ensure they meet requirements' Understand what distance to keep to avoid EMF issues for human safety and equipment disturbances' Understand the fundamental cooling setup, CFM, Delta-T and other important factors' Understand contamination factors and limitations' Understand full details of fire suppression options, how to calculate gas content and verify installations' Understand how to measure data centre energy efficiency and how to improve it


The course will bring participants to the level of a suitable sparring partner with suppliers. They will be able to verify offers provided by vendors for correctness, effectiveness and efficiency.

Data Centre Design/Life Cycle Overview
  • Overview of the phases of a data centre life cycle
    Planning, re-alignment and continuous improvement
Standards and Rating Level Definitions
  • Rating level history
    Difference between Uptime and TIA-942
    Rating level definitions
    Redundancy options (N+1), 2N, 2(N+1)
    Concurrent Maintainability/Compartmentalisation
    Example configurations
    Substation and feed requirements
    Maintenance options
    Operational processes guidelines/standards
    Skill development
Building Considerations
  • Building location considerations
    Floor and hanging loads requirements
    Fire rating for walls and glass
    Blast protection
    Bullet proofing
    Forced entry protection
Advanced Raised Floor & Suspended Ceiling
  • Raised floor installation guidelines
    Techniques to install a proper and leveled raised access floor
    Common mistakes
    Choosing the right tiles and their locations
    Seismic-mitigating floor constructions
    Choosing the correct suspended ceiling
Advanced Power
  • Power infrastructure layout;
    Formulas which you should know for the data centre
    Single Line Electrical diagrams; how to read to ensure key components are present for protection
    Over current protection devices (MCB/MCCB/VCB/ACB/Fuses) definitions and what to use where
    Earth Leakage devices (RCB/RCD/ELCB/GFCI/ALCI/RCBO), definitions and what to use where
    Sizing of protective components
    Lightning strikes and surge protection devices (TVSS/SPD), how they operate, where to use and how to install
    Power cabling and cable run considerations
    PDU/DB setup and minimum requirements

    Generator types: Standy/Prime/Continuous
    Component make up and functions
    Fuel storage and calculation
    Paralleling of gen-sets
    Generator room/area requirements

    UPS Systems;
    Required specifications for UPS systems
    How to read data sheets and select the correct UPS
    Requirements for parallel configurations and avoid pitfalls such as single point of failures
    How parallel installation should be done, classic mistakes made by installers and how to avoid these

    Harmonic Filters;
    Active/Passive filters and their application

    Battery Banks;
    Battery bank terminology
    Designing battery banks, how to calculate, and double check the battery bank to be installed
    Battery charging pitfalls and ensuring the right charger is being installed and used
    Using parallel battery banks; how to properly install them, limitations and risks when using batteries in parallel
    How to test batteries correctly and make decisions on cell/block or string replacement
    Battery casing choices; ABS, V0, V1, V2
    Alternative energy storage; flywheel, re-usable cell, compressed air UPS, etc.
Advanced Electro Magnetic Fields
  • Sources of EMF
    Difference between single, three phase and bus-bar EMF
    Options available to measure EMF and how to interpret the results from single-axes and composite measurements
    Guidance on safe distance for equipment and humans
    Calculation of EMF attenuation factor for shielding material permeability and saturation factors
Advanced Cooling
  • Important definitions; dry-bulb, wet-bulb, dew-point, RH, sensible and latent heat
    Psychometric chart and ASHRAE recommendations
    Environmental class definitions and thermal specifications
    Temperature/humidity measurements guideline
    Heat dissipation methods
    Altitude impact on temperature intake to ICT equipment
    Floor plan setup for effective cooling
    Differences in tile surface and supporting structure and the air-flow performance impact
    Rack door construction and the flow performance impact
    Equipment Delta-T and its impact
    Optimising air flow
    Thermal units conversions
    Calculations for air volume displacement (CFM/CMH)
    Cooling capacity calculations
    Air-conditioning selection
    De- / humidifying options
    Air conditioning efficiency
    SHR impact on cost saving
    Efficiency indicator
    New cooling principle and techniques (Submerged, VSD/VRF/ECF/water- and air side economisers)
    Redundancy guidelines for air-conditioners avoiding classic misconceptions and mistakes for meeting ANSI/TIA-942 compliant designs
    Installation requirements
    Connections to fire panel and EPO
    Commissioning of air conditioners
    Set points and calibration
    CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics)
Advanced Fire Protection
  • The fire triangle and elements to stop a fire
    Detection systems in detail (VESDA, VIEW, smoke sensors)
    Considerations for installation of sensors
    Proper testing of smoke sensors
    Water based systems i.e. deluge, wet-pipe, dry-pipe, pre-action and why most of them don't work and how to detect this
    Details on Inert and Halocarbon systems and how to select the correct system for your data centre
    How to calculate the gas content ensuring the appropriate level is installed to suppress the fire including safety considerations
    Other requirements for gas systems such as release times, hold times, pipe install requirements and other important factors
    Requirements for the fire detection panel
    Installation verification, methods, what to check and how
    New advanced fire suppression technologies
Design and Install Scalable Networking Cabling System
  • ANSI/TIA942 cabling structure topology
    ToR, EoR Design
    Intelligent patching systems
    Installation best practice such as routing, bending radius, separation from power, containment fill ratio, fiber link loss calculator, bonding and grounding requirement
    Standard for telecommunications labeling and administration
Environmental Specifications and Contamination Control
  • Acoustic noise effects, regulations, specifications and limits
    Data centre contaminations and classifications
    Measurements, standards and limits
    Preventive measures and avoidance
Data Centre Efficiency
  • Business drivers to go Green
    High-availability or Green
    Green guidelines and standards
    How to measure it and what are acceptable numbers compared to the general industry
    PUE classes defined by Green Grid and issues with PUE
    Techniques for saving energy in all parts of the data centre i.e. application/system level, cooling, power distribution
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Additional course details:

Nexus Humans Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) training program is a workshop that presents an invigorating mix of sessions, lessons, and masterclasses meticulously crafted to propel your learning expedition forward.

This immersive bootcamp-style experience boasts interactive lectures, hands-on labs, and collaborative hackathons, all strategically designed to fortify fundamental concepts.

Guided by seasoned coaches, each session offers priceless insights and practical skills crucial for honing your expertise. Whether you're stepping into the realm of professional skills or a seasoned professional, this comprehensive course ensures you're equipped with the knowledge and prowess necessary for success.

While we feel this is the best course for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) course and one of our Top 10 we encourage you to read the course outline to make sure it is the right content for you.

Additionally, private sessions, closed classes or dedicated events are available both live online and at our training centres in Dublin and London, as well as at your offices anywhere in the UK, Ireland or across EMEA.

FAQ for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) Course

Available Delivery Options for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) training.
  • Live Instructor Led Classroom Online (Live Online)
  • Traditional Instructor Led Classroom (TILT/ILT)
  • Delivery at your offices in London or anywhere in the UK
  • Private dedicated course as works for your staff.
How many CPD hours does the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) training provide?

The 3 day. Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) training course give you up to 18 CPD hours/structured learning hours. If you need a letter or certificate in a particular format for your association, organisation or professional body please just ask.

What is the correct audience for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) training?

The primary audience for this course is an IT, facilities or data centre operations professional working in and around the data centre and having the responsibility to achieve and improve high-availability and manageability of the data centre.

Do you provide training for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS).

Yes we provide corporate training, dedicated training and closed classes for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS). This can take place anywhere in UK including, England, Scotland, Cymru (Wales) or Northern Ireland or live online allowing you to have your teams from across UK or further afield to attend a single training event saving travel and delivery expenses.

What is the duration of the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) program.

The Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) training takes place over 3 day(s), with each day lasting approximately 8 hours including small and lunch breaks to ensure that the delegates get the most out of the day.

Why are Nexus Human the best provider for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS)?
Nexus Human are recognised as one of the best training companies as they and their trainers have won and hold many awards and titles including having previously won the Small Firms Best Trainer award, national training partner of the year for UK on multiple occasions, having trainers in the global top 30 instructor awards in 2012, 2019 and 2021. Nexus Human has also been nominated for the Tech Excellence awards multiple times. Learning Performance institute (LPI) external training provider sponsor 2024.
Is there a discount code for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) training.

Yes, the discount code PENPAL5 is currently available for the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) training. Other discount codes may also be available but only one discount code or special offer can be used for each booking. This discount code is available for companies and individuals.

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When you organise training, we understand that there is a risk that some people may fall ill, become unavailable. To mitigate the risk we include training insurance for each delegate enrolled on our public schedule, they are welcome to sit on the same Public class within 6 months at no charge, if the case arises.

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