CDCS – Certified Data Centre Specialist


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CDCS – Certified Data Centre Specialist
3 days  (Instructor Led Online)  |  Certified Data Centre Training

Course Details

The Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS) course is the advanced level for Data Centre Professionals. In this three-day course, you will further increase your skills and you will be able to verify offers provided by vendors for correctness, effectiveness and efficiency.


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After completion of the CDCS course the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the design life cycle of data centres and the¬†stages involved
  • Discuss the data centre requirements at a 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, re 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 re suppression options, how to calculate gas content and verify installations
  • Understand how to measure data centre energy eciency and how to improve it


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 of 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 Bulletproofing
  • Forced entry protection

 Advanced Raised Floor & Suspended Ceiling

  • Raised floor installation guidelines
  • Techniques to install a proper and levelled 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
  • Overcurrent 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 speci cations 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; wheel, 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-axis 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 set up for effective cooling
  • Differences in tile surface and supporting structure and the air-ow performance impact
  • Rack door construction and the flow performance impact
  • Equipment Delta-T and its impact
  • Optimising airflow
  • 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 re panel and EPO
  • Commissioning of air conditioners
  • Setpoints 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 ll ratio, fibre link loss calculator, bonding and grounding requirement
  • Standard for telecommunications labelling and administration

Environmental Speci cations 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

Mock Exam: CDCS – Certified Data Centre Professional

Target Audience

The primary audience for the CDCS course are:

  • IT, Facilities or Data Centre Operations professionals working in and around the data centre (representing both end-customers, service providers and/or facilitators);
  • Professionals that have the responsibility to achieve and improve the high-availability and manageability of the Data Centre, such as:
    • Data centre managers
    • Operations managers
    • Floor managers
    • Facility managers
    • Data centre engineers
    • Network engineers
    • System engineers
    • Data centre sales
    • Consultants


  • Before attending this CDCS course, participants must hold a valid CDCP certificate in order to be able to register for the CDCS class.