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Data Center Management, IT-M 876

About this Course: 

This course is an in-depth examination of best practices in the management of enterprise data centers. Topics include data center consolidation; data center maintenance; server and network management methods and tools; budget and finance; service-level agreements; managing data center personnel and staff; and disaster recovery.


IT-M 835 Data Center Architecture or equivalent knowledge or experience required for enrollment.

Course Outline: 

Introduction to Data Center Management, Computing and Data Center History, Data Center Design Lifecycle
Data Center Planning: Build Projects, Location, Facility Space Usage, Floorspace, Layout and Network Cabling
Data Center Planning: Racks, Cabling, and Zone Distribution
Service Management and Service Management Frameworks
Data Center Management Tools and Data Center Tools and Reporting
Capital Expenditure and Operational Expenditure Budgets, Data Center Economics and Vendor Management
Data Center Project Management, Asset Management
Data Center Power, Backup Power
Data Center Cooling
Data Center Safety, Data Center Security, and Compliance Frameworks
Data Center Audits, Data Center Networking, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
The Life of a Data Center Professional, Future Technology Directions and Their Impacts on the Data Center
Data Center Modules
Tiny, Small, Medium, and Enormous Data Centers
Interviewing a Data Center Professional
Data Centers and the Cloud

Expected Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the operational role and responsibilities of a Data Center Manager in a modern Data Center
  • Know about how to design a modern Data Center, and how to participate on projects that involve Data Center repairs, enhancement or upgrades
  • Discuss and describe the business drivers and constraints that influence Data Center design and construction
  • Understand and communicate with Architects, Engineers, Facilities and Contractors during the management and possible enhancement of a 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
  • Understand Data Center Economics and the financial drivers that impact the design, construction and operation of modern Data centers, and communicate these as part of a project delivery process
  • Understand 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
  • Identify and determine the importance and usefulness of new trends and technologies that will affect the design and operations of modern Data Centers

Grading Details: 

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