DATA CENTER COLLEGE
Data Center College is designed to help an organization understand the various types of solutions available for current and future data center infrastructure issues. These courses are taught by members of Anixter’s Technical Support Services Group — technical professionals who hold various relevant academic degrees and industry certifications including, but not limited to, network design and administration, electrical engineering, BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Design (RCDD) and ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) and Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certifications.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The courses in Data Center College address the training and educational needs of contractors and installers, as well as the design and operational concerns of end-user or owner/operator organizations that are in charge of some or all of the aspects of a typical data center. We recommend that representatives within each data center discipline (e.g., data center manager, facilities, network, cabling, server and SAN) attend all of the sessions that are conducted to gain an understanding of the interdependent nature of virtually all decisions that are made within the envelope of the data center.

Principles and Fundamentals of Thermal Management – Level 100 (BICSI CEC: 1)
Duration: 60 minutes

This course focuses on the demands that the ever increasing complexity of data center installations place on the thermal management infrastructure of the data center. The course will examine legacy thermal management issues and will discuss a variety of solutions that can be applied to various data center environments to solve the challenges presented by the increasing density of data center electronics. The presentation of general principles of thermal dynamics will help the students understand many of the thermal management situations that present themselves in a typical data center.

The topics covered in this course include the following:

  • Understanding of general principles of thermal dynamics
  • Origin of thermal challenges in the data center
  • Thermal management techniques at various infrastructure levels in the data center
  • Interdependency of cabling architecture and thermal management
  • Airflow optimization best practices
  • Thermal management optimization technologies
  • Improved operation and energy reduction from applied techniques

Upon completion of this course, the students will have an understanding of the ways in which the application of standards and best practices can help solve thermal issues and ultimately aid in energy conservation within the data center.

This course requires the successful completion of a knowledge assessment, after which a completion certificate eligible for CEC transcript submission will be issued to the student.

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Data Center Infrastructure Design and Management

Duration: 60 minutes

This is the second course in the Data Center Design sequence. The course content examines at a primary level topics that are key to the overall efficient operation and management of data centers. The course includes the following topics: 

  • Power system optimization in the data center 
  • Thermal efficiency within the computing floor space 
  • Enabling data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools 

Upon completion of the course, students will have an understanding of the overall standards and infrastructure considerations that are necessary to design, implement and maintain a data center. This course requires the successful completion of a knowledge assessment, after which a completion certificate eligible for CEC transcript submission will be issued to the student.

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Cabling Infrastructure Standards, Technology and Design

Level 100 (1 BICSI CEC)

Duration 60 Minutes

This course includes a discussion about the options for copper and fiber cabling within the data center. It covers the relevant infrastructure and electronics standards as well as insights into the emerging technologies that affect the demands that will be placed upon the cabling infrastructure in the future. There are a variety of cabling architecture options for copper and fiber infrastructure in a data center. This course covers the pros and cons of the various cabling architecture options in order to help the student make the best cabling decisions. The topics covered in this course include the following: 

  • Global standards and best practices for cabling infrastructure design 
  • Network architecture implications on cabling infrastructure design 
  • Cable pathway options 
  • Copper cabling technologies, options and nomenclature 
  • Fiber optic cabling options and technologies 
  • Planning for network monitoring in fiber optic design 
  • Emerging technologies in fiber optic networking

Upon completion of this course, students will understand the standards-based architectures and transmission media that are available for today’s data center cabling infrastructure. This course requires the successful completion of a knowledge assessment, after which a completion certificate eligible for CEC transcript submission will be issued to the student.

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Data Center Design: Standards and Network Technologies
Level 100 (1 BICSI CECs)
Duration: 60 minutes

This is the first course in the Data Center Design sequence. It examines the general categories of data center types and the relevance of various applicable global standards and best practices. This course introduces the following topics: 

  • Trends within the data center industry 
  • Types of data center operations 
  • Global design standards and best practices (TIA, BICSI, ISO/IEC, CENELEC) 
  • Computing floor network technologies 
  • Computing floor architecture trends 

Upon completion of the course, students will have an understanding of the overall standards and infrastructure considerations that are necessary to design, implement and maintain a data center. This course requires the successful completion of a knowledge assessment, after which a completion certificate eligible for CEC transcript submission will be issued to the student.

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IP-Based Physical Security for the Data Center
Level 200 (1 BICSI CEC)
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes

This course examines the need to provide for increased IP-based physical security for data centers and the various compliance mandates that dictate increased levels of physical security in the data center. The concept of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and the framework of the rings or layers of physical security for the data center facility will be explained. This course will describe a number of the available technologies and their capabilities that mitigate the potential risk to the data center facility and its content while potentially reducing overall equipment and operational costs for providing increased physical security. The topics covered in this course include the following:

  • Unique security challenges presented by data center facilities
  • Business and technology trends in physical security systems
  • Developing a physical security plan
  • Layers of security for a data center facility
  • Applicable standards and best practices for data center physical security

Upon completion of this course the students will have an understanding of the types of IP-based physical security systems that are available to meet the internal and external regulatory compliances that are pertinent to the operation of a data center.