Melissa Chamcal, CNet’s technical manager for the U.S., Latin America, and Canada, now narrates the eight-hour distance learning program material for learners to watch at their own pace. Chambal joined CNet with over 20 years of data center and network infrastructure experience, plus five years teaching data center design and network design programs. She has taught at the Top Gun Marine base in California and performed a data center audit on Department of Defense facilities. 

The Data Center Fundamentals program is designed for individuals who are either new to the data center (technicians with limited experience or exposure to data center facilities) or for those who sell products and services to this market. It introduces people to the industry and helps demystify the world of data centers. The program covers key areas, including an introduction into the data center industry, current market and trends, and different types of data centers. Key aspects relating to basic design principles and philosophies are examined as well as the essential considerations of data center management.

The program can be completed at the learner’s pace over a period of three months. Upon successful completion, learners are rewarded with a CNet certificate of achievement and gain use of the official Data Center Fundamentals Digital Badge. With this fundamental knowledge of data centers, learners can also explore further learning to help enhance their careers within the data center sector.

“I’m delighted that we are now able to offer the data center fundamentals as a narrated program,” said Andrew Stevens, president and CEO at CNet Training. “Learners are able to work through the narrated video at their own pace, and Melissa’s video makes the content engaging and helps bring the learning material to life. Melissa is the only female technical instructor with her credentials that I know of globally in the industry. The Data Center Fundamentals is the perfect program to introduce people to the industry, regardless of their role. It’s a fantastic entry program covering all the basic skills, knowledge, and understanding of the data center industry.”

The Data Center Fundamentals program forms part of the globally renowned Digital Infrastructure Education Framework, which maps technical education to actual career progression routes throughout the industry.