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Data Center Architecture, IT-T 835

About this Course: 

The course deals with building integrated data center information infrastructures, including facility, hardware, software, and network components as solutions to particular enterprise information management needs and requirements. Students will learn critical elements of modern data center design including physical plant construction; network infrastructure; data storage technologies; power provisioning and conditioning; environmental controls and HVAC; system and physical security; modular component use; and planning for growth.


IT-O 440 Network+ Certification Training and IT-O 454 Operating System Virtualization or equivalent experience is required for enrollment.

Course Outline: 

Introduction, Course Overview, Computing & Data Center History, Data Center Design Lifecycle
Concepts and Constants / Data Center Design & Build Projects
Data Center Planning: Location, Facility Space Usage, Floorspace
Data Center Planning: Racks, Cabling, and Zone Distribution
Architectural Standards & Facilities Introduction
Data Center Power
Data Center Cooling
Data Center Safety, Security, and Compliance Frameworks
Data Center Networking, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Asset Management, Data Center Economics and the Changing Data Center Landscape
Asset Management, Data Center Documentation and Case Studies: Tiny, Small, Medium, and Enormous Data Centers
Data Center Modules or "Containers"
Future Technology Directions and Their Impacts on the Data Center
More Data Center Documentation and The Life of a Data Center Professional
Greening of the Data Center
Applying fundamental principles of good Data Center design and construction

Expected Outcomes: 

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how to design a modern Data Center, and how to participate on projects that involve Data Center Design and Construction.
  • Describe the business drivers and constraints that influence Data Center design and construction.
  • Understand and communicate with Architects, Engineers, Facilities and Contractors during the design and construction of a new Data Center or a Data Center upgrade or expansion.
  • Describe the most critical issues and components that affect the design and operation of production Data Centers.
  • Identify and determine the importance and usefulness of new trends and technologies that will affect the design and operations of modern Data Centers.
  • Understand Data Center Economics and the financial drivers that impact the design, construction and operation of modern Data centers, and be able to communicate these as part of a project delivery process.
  • Know issues related to Data Center safety, security as well as some of the compliance frameworks that help document and ensure that organizations are in compliance.
  • Understand the operational role and responsibilities of a Data Center Manager in a modern Data Center.

Grading Details: 

Grading/CEU award for this course includes assignments, exams, projects, labs and paper.