Today’s enterprise networks and data centers have become very complex and have completely integrated themselves into every facet of their represented organization. Organizations require Internet facing services and applications to be available at any part of the day or night. These organizations have realized that with centralized computing and highly available components, their technological presence with customers can be greatly enhanced. The creation of an infrastructure supporting such high availability takes numerous components and resources to function optimally. When an organization makes the decision to design a data center, they utilize resources to provide insight into what components to deploy. Much of this information is based off of recommendations made by third party vendors or limited past experiences. This research provides a course offering as a solution to help provide students with the information to design and comprehend the major components within a modern data center. The information included in the course offering has been compared with industry accepted standards and various other resources to provide reliable and accurate information. Course topics have been architected around eight major topics. These topics covered are network design, electrical systems, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems, security, management, redundancy, disaster recovery and site planning. The information contained within the lectures has been compiled from multiple sources to provide a single location for information. Furthermore, the course offering will utilize class discussions, case study analysis and activities to re-enforce key points. Providing such a course for students to learn about data center components will provide organizations with the ability to rely less on outside information and design scalable data centers that can provide years of growth.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer networks--Design and construction--Study and teaching; Data libraries--Design--Study and teaching; Curriculum planning

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Department, Program, or Center

Department of Computing Security (GCCIS)


Border, Charlie

Advisor/Committee Member

Perez-Hardy, Sylvia


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