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In an industry focused on cloud hosting, colocation, engineering, facilities, uptime, and real estate, it’s critical for you and your staff to have access to data center training resources, so you can stay on top of your game.
The challenge? Rapid obsolescence due to the nature of change in the data center industry including greater density, smaller data footprint, and smaller hardware sizes.
To start your journey, consider these 16 data center training options:
BICSI – As a global trade association of cabling design and installation professionals, BICSI offers the BICSI Data Center Design Consultant certification and credentialing program. To prepare, BICSI recommends some reference material, an online course, and an instructor-led course.
Cisco – Through its Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist and Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist programs, Cisco trains for and evaluates an engineer’s skills for design of reliable solutions that scale and use virtualization. Cisco also offers training and certifications for data center professionals through its programs on Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist and Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist. At a more entry-level, with no prerequisites, there’s also the Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA Data Center) certification – which requires two exams: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) and Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT). For technicians, consider the Cisco Certified Technician Data Center (CCT Data Center) certification.
CNet Training – As part of its data center programs, CNet Training offers data center training all over the World. As a starting point, you’ll want to download its Global Data Centre & Network Infrastructure Education Framework. Through three years of distance learning, you can then works towards a master’s degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management. Under this broader heading, there are nine distinct certifications including topics as varied as Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP) to Certified Data Centre Audit Professional (CDCAP) to Certified Data Centre Technician Professional (CDCTP).
Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) program – Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help data centers save energy costs, the DECP is offered by CNet Training at the Data Center World conference.
Data Center World Conference – With over 70 educational data center training sessions, keynote sessions, networking, and an expo hall, Data Center World features five different educational tracks covering ITM (Infrastructure Management), FAC (Facilities Management), PAC (Power and Cooling), PIS (Product Information Sessions), and PLT (Platforum).
DCProfessional Development – Touted as the only data center training provider offering courses either online or in a classroom setting, DCProfessional Development offers courses around the world on a variety of topics including critical power, energy efficiency, HVAC/cooling, and operations/maintenance.
EPI – Although the company has its global headquarters in Singapore, EPI has a global presence and offers data center training designed around its EPI Data Centre Training Framework. Training offerings include instruction and certification on designing and building, operations and governance, and standards and compliance. Within the design and build category, you’ll find the Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP), Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS), and Certified Data Centre Expert (CDCE). Within operations and governance, there’s training for programs including Certified Data Centre Facilities Operations Manager (CDFOM), Certified Data Centre Risk Professional (CDRP), Certified Data Centre Safety Manager (CDSM), Certified IT Manager (CITM), and Certified Data Centre Migration Specialist (CDMS). And finally within standards and compliance – arguably the least glamorous part of data centers – there’s the Certified TIA-942 Design Consultant (CTDC), Certified TIA-942 Internal Auditor (CTIA), and Certified TIA-942 External Auditor (CTEA).