Data Center Infrastructure Design – An Introduction

An overview of data center infrastructure design from a structured cabling system designer’s perspective

Welcome to “Data Center Infrastructure Design – An Introduction”…where we take a focused look at data center design from an infrastructure point of view.

What you’ll learn

  • Data center infrastructure standards and ratings for infrastructure availability.
  • Data center spaces, pathways, and aisle layouts for airflow, power delivery, and network cabling.
  • Guidelines for data center racks and cabinets.
  • Typical data center power loads, types, and distribution.
  • Data center grounding guidelines and Common Bonding Networks.
  • Data center environmental requirements and thermal management.
  • Data center network devices and networking protocols.
  • Centralized vs. In-Row vs. Top-of-Rack design topologies.
  • Copper and optical fiber network cabling and cable management.
  • Labeling guidelines for data center Computer Rooms.

Course Content

  • Data Center Infrastructure Design – An Introduction –> 13 lectures • 2hr 4min.

Data Center Infrastructure Design – An Introduction

Requirements

  • A curiosity and desire to learn about data center infrastructure..
  • A basic understanding of networking and structured cabling..
  • No previous infrastructure design experience required..

Welcome to “Data Center Infrastructure Design – An Introduction”…where we take a focused look at data center design from an infrastructure point of view.

We define data center infrastructure as the spaces, pathways, racks, cabinets, cabling, power, grounding, and cooling – all the elements that must be put in place to reliably support many network devices so they can operate without interruption.

Data centers come in many forms and sizes, such as hyperscale, cloud, colocation, enterprise, and edge. Our focus is on the enterprise facility, which can be in a dedicated stand-alone structure or in a space within an office building, hospital, airport, sports stadium, or university campus, to name a few examples.

A data center serves as the central repository of an organization’s intellectual property. It requires state-of-the-art security, fire suppression, environmental controls, power distribution, network equipment, and tools for continuous monitoring and maintenance.

The network cabling system is a critical component of reliable communications within the data center and with sites and networks outside the data center.

This is an introductory course, intended to give you a detailed overview of standards-based guidelines and recommendations for data center infrastructure design.

We know that your time is valuable. Our objective is to provide you with the maximum amount of information in a minimum amount of time, so we have tightly scripted each of the lectures. We hope you find the contents useful and interesting.

Cory and Steve