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Data Center Design Criteria

Ketan Shah, P.E., CCNA

Course Outline

This three hour online course discusses design criteria in data center design, computer room design and other technical space that integrate critical infrastructure technologies resulting in continuously available, scalable, redundant, fault-tolerant, manageable and still maintainable mission critical environments. It is important to understand the different aspects of design process so that precautions can be taken while designing. This course will enable the designer to avoid any disruptions in operation of the computer systems which can potentially be disastrous in current business environment.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for Electrical/Computer Engineers and Architects.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendee of this course will be able to avoid any disruptions in operation of the computer systems which can potentially be disastrous in current business environment.

Course Introduction

In modern technological era, Data Center have become very critical to businesses. One hour or one day downtime can be a major financial disaster for corporations. There are various considerations have to be made while designing a Data Center and by designing all components efficiently will minimize the probability of a Disaster. This course describes all the applicable electrical, network and HVAC trades for best design scenarios.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file (800 KB) Data Center Design Criteria.

You need to open or download above documents to study this course.

Course Summary

Data Center design requires lot of details besides computers and servers. Engineers should be aware of the design process and potential mistakes for this process so that precautions can be taken during the design and detailing of a project. Services and layouts have to be designed keeping future loads in mind.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:
National Electrical Code


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.