DCAF Data Centre Facilities Auditor Course

2 Day Classroom Course, Online Course 14 hrs

This course is for individuals who want to be able to audit and assess data centres to identify improvements which can be made to the physical infrastructure to improve resilience and reduce energy consumption. It is ideally suited to anyone with a technical background in the data centre industry

A Data Centre Facilties Auditor Course based on real project experience

This course is an ideal follow on course from Capitoline’s Data Centre Design Course (DCD) or Data Centre Primer (DCP) course. If you are responsible for managing a data centre and want to assess your own data centre or if you wish to audit data centres on behalf of your customers then this course is right for you.

Data centre design and auditing is what our instructors do when they are not training. If you have a question they will have the answer.

What will you learn?

• How to prepare and carry out an audit
• What to look for, how to interpret what you find through observation and measurement
• How to perform a gap analysis
• How to write a report and what should be in it
• What certification means and, who can certify and how to do it
• Understanding and assessing resilience, energy use, capacity and health and safety

Simply the best learning experience

Many Data Centre Managers only experience a few facilities in their career. Our instructors see new facilities every month. If you have a question they will have the answer.

The course is packed with information to help you to become a data centre auditor. If you are planning to assess data centres on behalf of your customers then we also offer services (fee applies) to support you and help you develop your business. This can include shadowing you on your first audits, reviewing your reports and recommendations and certifying against International standards.

If anything is not clear then our instructors are available to answer your questions. They are data centre consultants with many years experience in design and auditing so you can learn from their practical experience.

The course is kept continuously up to date and explains in detail the relevance of US, UK, European and International standards and how to apply them. Our instructors are actively involved in the committees developing European and American data centre standards.

You can take this course online or by attending a classroom course.

Our training is recognised internationally find out more here.

Available as an Online Course Subscription

Access to the online data centre facilties auditor course is provided by subscription.

All course subscribers have access to online animated, narrated lessons supported by detailed notes. Find out more about the features of online courses here.

Renewing your annual subscription gives you continued access to the course material to use as a reference. If you have an active subscription you will automatically get access to the latest updated versions of the course.

Available as a Classroom Course

When you book on the classroom data centre design course you will also be given access to the online data centre design course course Subscription for one year. Access will be granted on receipt by Capitoline of your payment (Note: If booking through a 3rd party this may be later than your payment to them). Attendees of the classroom course will also receive a searchable personal electronic copy of the course material.

When you take the Classroom course there are also exercises to help you learn

If you book a dedicated OnSite course for your data centre team then there is also an optional to extend the course to a total of 4 days. During the additional 2 days the class carries out an audit of your own data centre, led by the instructor. This is followed by analysis of the results of the audit.

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone wishing to audit/assess data centres for resilience, energy efficiency, security and best practice

Get Certified – Certificate and Logo

If you complete this DCAF data centre facilities auditor course and pass the exam you will be awarded a certificate and the right to use the DCAF logo and the DCAF designation after your name whilst your certificate is valid. The certificate will expire three years from the date of issue of the certificate. In order to renew certification, it will normally necessary to pay for and take a renewal examination and to be subscribed to the appropriate course. Near the end of your certificate expiry we will send a reminder to your registered email address to explain the process.

Course Content

Introduction to data centres auditing

  • How to prepare and carry out an audit
  • What to look for, how to interpret what you find through observation and measurement
  • How to perform a gap analysis
  • How to write a report and what should be in it
  • What certification means and, who can certify and how to do it

Understanding Resilience

  • Relevant data centre standards
  • Understanding reliability and resilience models
  • ‘Tiers’ and ‘Classes’ and ‘N’ models
  • Identifying Single Points of failure

Understanding Energy Use

  • Relevant data centre standards
  • Understanding the key factors affecting energy consumption
  • Methods of reducing energy consumption
  • Measuring the effectiveness of energy saving methods
  • Key Energy Metrics: PUE etc.

Understanding Capacity

  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Space
  • Connectivity

Understanding Health and Safety

  • Staying safe during the audit
  • Auditing for unsafe practices

Preparing for the audit

  • Managing the customer’s expectations
  • Informing the customer of their part in the process
  • Documentation Review
  • Auditing tools

Physical Audit and Inspection

  • Including assessment of Resilience, Energy Use, Capacity, Health and Safety, Location, Architectural, Power, HVAC, Environmental Conditions, Fire Detection and Suppression, Communications Cabling, Security and DCIM
  • The site visit step by step
  • What order to do things
  • What to record, when and where
  • Using a checklist
  • Tips from auditors with over 30 years’ auditing experience

Writing the Report

  • Report format
  • What should be in the report
  • Analysing the data collected at the site visit
  • Writing techniques to help with understanding
  • Producing a GAP analysis
  • Making recommendations
  • Verification of your findings and conclusion

After the Audit, Certification and Compliance

  • What is certification?
  • Who can certify?
  • Validity of certification?
  • Developing an action plan (short, medium and long term goals)