Efficient Data Centre – The Role of the CDCEP

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Gary Thornton, Group Technical Director, CNet Training; Matthew Hawkins, Business Development Manager EMEA, CNet Training

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A data centre is a highly complex environment. More and more businesses are realising it is essential to have someone on their team who understands all aspects of this highly diverse and technical area. Data centres are also large energy users and are therefore under growing pressure to become as energy efficient as possible. This can only be achieved by a cohesive and comprehensive approach between the business, IT & Facilities. There are many new methodologies and technologies appearing to improve energy efficiency and businesses can easily make inappropriately matched choices and spend a fortune yet still not achieve their goals. What is a CDCEP™? A Certified Data Centre Energy Professional (CDCEP™) is an individual who can demonstrate knowledge in the different aspects required for planning and implementing data centre energy initiatives. Through comprehensive training, a CDCEP™ has been taught what it takes to achieve an ongoing and future-ready set of strategies for the data centre, no matter what the future may bring. These individuals are uniquely positioned to create the close linkage required between the data centre and the business in order to meet the business requirement. The Role of the CDCEP™ The CDCEP™ programme has been created to provide individuals with the appropriate skills to enable them to develop into authorities in the development and implementation of long term data centre strategies to meet the business needs on a more efficient and sustainable basis. CDCEP™ is the first and still the only internationally recognised qualification in the data centre industry, recognised worldwide.

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