Full Title:Data Centre Infrastructure
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:COMP I8004
 
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:Current trends including expansion of data collection, continued growth of e-Commerce and the large scale adoption of cloud computing have fuelled the need for scalable computing density, efficiency and reliability. Data centres have become a critical component in fulfilling these needs in centralised, onsite and edge locations. This module introduces concepts in the data centre infrastructure and goes through the stack from building facilities to service delivery covering key technologies, operations, standards and management best practices.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Conduct data centre space planning and energy calculations
  2. Evaluate contrasting data centre cooling techniques, fire suppression and security provisions.
  3. Design data centre networking infrastructure to provide segmentation, scalability, monitoring and lights-out management.
  4. Incorporate professional standards into Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM).
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction
History of data centres, Overview of critical services, Data centre design, Types of data centre architecture, Business needs as a driver, Geographic location as a consideration. European and regional standards, legal requirements and emerging community standards: EU CoC, LEED, BREEAM & IDCA, Emerging trends
Electrical Power Systems
Basics of electricity, AC and DC power solutions, Power quality, ITIC/CBEMA Power Quality Curve, Power distribution within a data centre. Calculation of Power Factor, UPS technology, Managing UPS capacity, Standby/backup power, European and regional standards, codes and regulations for electricity, Maintenance and scalability, Risk Management, Monitoring and control strategies, Renewable power and future trends.
Cooling and Fire Suppression
Basics of cooling, cooling options, Monitoring and control strategies, Global, European and regional standards: ASHRAE, Efficiency of cooling systems CoP/EER, Heat re-use, Design considerations, hot aisle/cold aisle setup, Air management, Raised Flooring, Liquid cooled servers, Risk Management, Monitoring and control strategies, Emerging trends in cooling and environmental control systems. Fire regulations, Fire prevention strategies, Fire detection, fire suppression: including water, water-mist & gaseous suppressants, Case Studies.
Physical and Logical Security
Security plan considerations, Physical security policies, Logical security policies, Data protection, Decommissioning equipment, Regulations and standards, Monitoring and control strategies.
Infrastructure Management
Facilities management, BMS and EMS, Integrated systems and interfaces, Monitoring and reporting systems for services using tools such as Nagios and Zabbix, Server configuration management using tools such as ansible and chef. Drivers in infrastructure management, DCIM technology, Infrastructure moves, adds and changes, Documentation, Future trends.
IT and Network Infrastructure
Data Centre network cabling, Cabling standards TIA/EIA-942, Structured cabling, Twisted pair copper cable and fibre cable standards, UTP and STP, Cable containment methods best practices: instillation and daily operations, network topology, bandwidth requirements, Considerations for server deployment and virtualisation, Redundancy, Failover, scalability and emerging trends, Network traffic monitoring using tools like MRTG, Case studies, field visit to a range of Data Centres.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Field Visits - Case study/Written Report on Data Centre Infrastructure Management 2,4 30.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Continuous Assessment Assignment to assess key concepts of space planning, monitoring, power, efficiency and failover. 1,2,3,4 30.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End of Semester closed book exam 1,2,3,4 40.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 120

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Field Visits - Case study/Written Report on Data Centre Infrastructure Management 2,4 30.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Continuous Assessment Assignment to assess key concepts of space planning, monitoring, power, efficiency and failover 1,2,3,4 30.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End of Semester closed book exam 1,2,3,4 40.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 120
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 1x 1h lecture per week 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical 1x 2h practical per week 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading - 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study - 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 1x 1h lecture per week 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical 1x 2h practical per week 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading - 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study - 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Jim Harrison 2012, KS18 Data Centres: An Introduction to Concepts and Design, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers [ISBN: 9781906846244]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_ICCDC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Cloud and Data Centre Operations 1 Mandatory
DK_ICFCC_8 Certificate in Foundations of Cloud Computing 1 Mandatory