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Designing & Operating Data Centers for the Internet of Everything: Mitigating Risk & Optimizing Performance

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Course Length: 6 hours

IT hardware is rapidly evolving in response to customer need and demands. This makes IT loads in data centers difficult to predict. To achieve maximum performance while reducing energy consumption, data centers must be designed and operated by professionals whose knowledge evolves as quickly. The maximum load is a hardware-driven metric; the average load or maximum operating load is a software-driven metric. And software workload is a moving target (ranging from idle to maximum operating load). Today’s data center environments have an infinite number of combinations, increasing the risk of overgeneralizing by designers and operators. Demand for IT services that are lower cost, more energy-efficient, provide more storage, and offer more computing capabilities is resulting in continued, significant changes in hardware and as a result its operating conditions. This ASHRAE course examines data center best practices by focusing on ASHRAE TC 9.9 guidance.

This ASHRAE course examines data center best practices by focusing on ASHRAE’s evolving thermal guidelines for data processing environments, telecommunications, and actual high-density data centers in operation today. While there are opportunities to save energy in data centers, understanding of equipment trends, performance measurements, and effectiveness are critical to the principal objective: Data integrity.

Course Instructors

Dustin Demetriou, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE

Mark Seymour, Member ASHRAE

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All courses and webinars are available for Chapter and In-Company Programs. They may be periodically scheduled for the Winter and/or Annual Conference Education Programs, as well as the Online Courses Series.

Chapters or Companies: Contact Karen Murray, Manager of Professional Development ( or 678-539-1146), to schedule an ALI seminar, course, or webinar at your organization or event.

Availability: Check the various offerings listed under Professional Development > All Instructor-Led Training to see if this course is being offered at an upcoming event or as a webinar.