Data Center Infrastructure Expert

19 August 2024 to 23 August 2024
Austin, TX
3 Certificates Available

World’s #1
Data Center Education & Certification Seminars

TechXact, the global leader in Data Center Audit and Certification, and the largest provider of Professional Data Center Training Seminars, is hosting the next IDCA Training and Certification Seminars for the Expert Route on 19 August 2024 in Austin, TX.

Data Center Infrastructure Expert®

5 Days. 3 Professional Certifications.

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The DCIE® course provides professionals the right skill sets from the foundational concepts to the engineering, design, classification and grading concepts, which are driven by the industry’s live experiences and best practices. DCIE® clarifies the taboos in the industry, the gray areas where all providers, operators, engineers and experts continuously argue and question and resolves ambiguities in the expert’s mind as to how to plan, design and build data centers. The DCIE® requires achievement of unparalleled and thorough understanding of data center infrastructure fundamentals as they relate to engineering & design.


IDCA is Global Reach. Local Delivery.

IDCA Training Seminars are the most unique and comprehensive data center training programs worldwide, focusing on the fundamentals as well as essentials in order to Evaluate, Design, Build, and Manage Advanced Data Centers at the optimum efficiency and cost effectiveness.


Great Networking opportunity with the industry's Elite. All courses include daily lectures, coffee breaks, beverages, lunch buffets, examination and certification.

Data Center Overview
  • Data Center History
  • Data Center Definitions
  • The Data Center Beast
  • Data Center Downtime & Outage
  • Present Data Center Standards
  • Future of Data Center Standards
Coffee Break
The Infinity Paradigm®
  • Application Ecosystem (AE)℠
  • Core & Pyramid Models
  • The Organization
  • The 7 Abstraction Layers
    • Application Layer
    • Platform Layer
    • Compute Layer
    • ITI Layer
    • SFI Layer
    • Site Layer
    • Topology Layer
  • Application Delivery Model (ADM)
  • Application Delivery Infrastructure (ADI)
  • Data Center Node (DCN)
  • Logical Infrastructure
  • Physical Infrastructure
Grading Systems
  • Data Center Tiers & Classes
  • Data Center Grade Levels
  • Efficacy Score Rating
Data Center Development
  • Data Center Tiers & Classes
  • Data Center Development Process
  • Data Center Phases
Site, Civil & Architecture
  • Data Center Site Selection & Criteria
  • Data Center Site Proximity, Hazard & Risks
  • Data Center Topology
  • Data Center Structure
  • Data Center Construction
  • Data Center Interior Fit-out
  • Data Center Space Relationships
  • Data Center CR, ER, MDA, HDA and ZDA
  • Data Center Raised Floor System
  • Data Center Grounding & Bounding
  • Data Center Earthing
Coffee Break
Power Systems
  • Data Center Site Selection & Criteria
  • Logical Electrical Flow
  • DC, AC, W, AV Rates and Concepts
  • Utility Service
  • High Voltage Systems
  • Switchgear
  • Transformers
  • Low Voltage Systems
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems
  • UPS Configurations
  • Battery and Battery Types
  • Generators
  • Fuel Tanks
  • Power Distribution
  • ATS, STS
  • Power Cabling
  • Busbar Trunking System (BTS)
  • EPO
  • Grounding
  • Lightning Protection System
  • Alternative Power Sources
  • EF, MF, EMF, EMI
  • EMF & EMP Shielding
Data Center Cooling
  • Environmental Air
  • Cooling Capacity
  • Precision Cooling
  • Direct Expansion (DX) Systems
  • Non-DX Systems
  • Cooling Methodologies
  • Cold-Aisle / Hot- Aisle
  • Cooling Topologies:
    • Open CRAC Systems
    • Aisle Containment (Cold & Hot)
    • In-Row Cooling
    • In-Rack Cooling
  • Cooling Towers
  • Chillers
  • Data Center Water Supply
Fire Protection
  • Fire Types and Classes
  • Smoke and Heat Detection
  • Aspiratory Detection and Sensing
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Gas Suppression Systems & Agents (FM200, Novec, etc.)
  • Fire Prevention Technology
  • Data Center Safety
Data Center Security
  • Physical Infrastructure Security
  • CCTV
  • Access Control
  • Mantraps
  • Barbwires
  • Security Protocols & Procedures
  • IT Infrastructure Security
Data Center Structured Cabling
  • Cabling Layout
  • Patching & Termination
  • Labeling
  • Intelligence
IT Infrastructure
  • System
  • Storage
  • Networks
  • Virtualization & Cloud
  • External Telecom Connectivity
  • High Availability Designs
Coffee Break
IT Infrastructure
  • System
  • Storage
  • Networks
  • Virtualization & Cloud
  • External Telecom Connectivity
  • High Availability Designs
Data Center Efficiency
  • Cost of Energy
  • Power Usage
  • Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
  • Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency (DCIE)
  • Applications and Hosting Models
  • Applications
  • Application Delivery Architecture
  • App Tiers
  • Colo vs Managed Hosting
  • ASP Hosting
  • Public & Private Clouds
Monitoring and Management
  • Temperature Monitoring
  • Leak Detection
  • Integration
Network Operation Center (NOC)
  • Systems
  • Procedures
  • Control
Data Center Trends
  • Latest Data Center Technology Trends
  • Latest Data Center Industry Trends
Examination Preparation
DCIS Examination
Intro to Data Center Engineering
  • Engineering Importance
  • Data Center Components
  • Data Center Key players
  • Tools and Techniques
  • How and Where to Get Help
Data Center Engineering Process
  • The Data Center EPS
  • Phased Process
  • Adaptive Need Conversion
  • Understanding Application
  • App Architecture
  • ETT, TPS, Load and Complexity Factor
Coffee Break
Data Center Classification
  • Data Center Tiers and Classes
  • Data Center Grade Levels
  • Data Center Definitions and Options
  • The Infinity Paradigm® Review
  • Standard Requirements
  • Designing with Limitations
Data Center Availability Engineering
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Types of Availability
  • Common Availability Figures
  • Calculating Availability
  • Redundancy
  • Design Efficiency
Coffee Break
Data Center Site and Building
  • Site Selection Considerations
  • Architectural
  • Building Systems
  • Walls, Structural Ceiling & Floor Systems
Data Center Power Systems
  • Electrical Systems – Macro View
  • Power System Goals
  • Electrical Concepts: PF, KW, KVA, KVAR
  • 3-Phase Power
  • Single Line Diagram (SLD)
  • Power Transmission
  • Utility Power
  • Power Feed Classifications
  • Break before Make
  • Make before Break
  • Topologies
  • Unit Substations
Coffee Break
Data Center Power Systems Cont.
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Switchgear
  • Arc Flash
  • Standby Generator
  • Transfer Switches (ATS, STS, etc.)
  • UPS Systems
  • Power Distribution Unit (PDU)
  • Busbar Trunking System (BTS)
  • Calculating Power Requirements & Load
  • Important Considerations
  • Data Center Lighting Systems
Data Center Grounding System
  • Effective Grounding System
  • Equipment & Materials
  • Methods and Disciplines
Data Center Cooling & Mechanical Systems
  • Mechanical Systems Overview
  • Latent vs Sensible Cooling
  • Sensible Heat Ratio
  • Cooling Cost Engineering
  • Humidity Cost Engineering
  • Heat Transfer Principles
  • Environmental Design Conditions
  • HVAC
  • Cooling System Topologies
  • Precision Air Cooling
  • Chilled Water Cooling
  • Direct Expansion (DX)
Coffee Break
Data Center Cooling & Mechanical Systems Cont.
  • Comparing Solutions and Designs
  • Heat Transfer Fluids
  • Temperature Differential
  • CAV vs VAV Systems
  • Cooling Measurements
  • Cooling Layouts
  • Cooling Efficiency
Data Center Fire Protection
  • Physical Infrastructure Security
  • General Considerations
  • Detection Systems
  • Prevention Systems
  • Suppression Systems
  • Fire Concepts
  • Fire Classifications
  • VESDA and HSSD
  • Halocarbon vs Inert Agents
  • Fire Suppression Sizing & Calculations
  • Water-based Systems
Data Center Structured Cabling
  • Connectors
  • UTP, FTP, STP Cables
  • Singlemode vs. Multimode Fiber
  • Data Center Cabling Topology
  • Horizontal Cabling
  • Backbone Cabling
  • Cabling Security
  • Structured Cabling Considerations
IT Infrastructure
  • Data Center Telecommunication
  • Data and Data Transmission
  • DSx vs. Tx
  • Telecom Categories and Capacities
  • Optical Carrier
  • Signal Hierarchy
  • Dark Fiber
Coffee Break
Information Technology
  • Server Types and Components
  • Storage Types and Media
  • Storage Engineering
  • RAID Methods
  • Network Infrastructures
  • Network Topologies
  • Routing & Switching Protocols
  • IGP, BGP, OSPF, VRRP, MPLS, ATM, Frame Relay
  • IPv4 vs. IPv6
  • OSI Model
  • Load Balancing Types & Methods
  • 6-Pack Architecture
  • Firewalls and Intrusion Detection
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • VPN Protocols: IPsec, L2TP, PPTP, SSL
  • Virtualization Types & Methods
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • OpenStack
Data Center Safety & Security Systems
  • CCTV, DVR, NVR, etc.
  • Access Control Systems
  • Mantraps & Airlocks
  • Tracking & Tracing
  • The Security Office
  • IT Security
  • Safety Principals
Examination Preparation
DCES Examination
The foundation of courses are based on bridging the gaps, overcoming the shortfalls and optimization the data center focus on the principal international standards such as ANSI/TIA, ITIL, NFPA, American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE), EN, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), ISO, Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), BS, & many other latest industry standards and best practices, all combined, refreshed, enhanced and comprehensively expanded per IDCA principals & guidelines, coupled with hands-on proficiency of industry managing experts.

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