Julius Neudorfer, chief technology officer for North American Access Technologies, Inc. and author of Mission Critical’s Hot Aisle Insight column will teach two classes at the Critical Facilities Summit which will be held Oct. 23-25, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.

The Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Generalist Certification Class is scheduled for October 23 at Critical Facilities Summit in Minneapolis, MN. Register for the class here. This is a one-day course providing a high-level view of different IT and support systems in data centers. The cost $1,175.00 (includes exam).

The DCEP credential is issued under the US Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Management Program, in conjunction with a training program developed by Lawrence Berkley National Labs (LBNL).

The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners who are then qualified to evaluate data centers energy usage and make detailed recommendations to improve efficiency

Since the DCEP title and certification is a federal government issued credential, it is a valuable qualification for engineering and consulting firms when proposing data center energy efficiency assessments to, data center operators, state energy agencies, and utilities. 

As an added incentive to support the DCEP training program, the Critical Facilities Summit is offering a special promotional $200 discount savings off the standard conference registration fee for the full conference pass October 23-25) for confirmed DCEP course registrants. Please note this is optional as students do not have to attend the conference to take the DCEP class.

Upon completion of these training classes and passing the exam, candidates become officially registered and certified as a Data Center Energy Practitioner.

In addition to commercial consulting opportunities for a DCEP, the federal 2016 Data Center Optimization Initiative “DCOI” (OMB, Memorandum M-16-19), requires federal agencies to develop and report on data center strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services.

The DCOI memorandum states that all tiered federal data centers shall have at least one certified DCEP assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization. The DCEP can be a federal employee or a qualified contractor.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Neudorfer will present a discussion titled, Tier Wars: The Battle for Data Center Standards, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. as a follow-up to his recent Tier Wars article on Mission Critical. 

During this presentation, Neudorfer will discuss the key points of different rating systems;
evaluate fundamental elements of data center "availability;" identify the difference between redundancy, reliability, and resilience; examine the underpinning of data center redundancy (N, N+1, 2N, etc.); and assess the current significance of the physical facility tier level in the age of the cloud. The course is available for 0.1 CEU. To register for the class, visit the website.

For more information or to register for the DCEP Class go to http://www.naat.com or please email: dcep.training@naat.com