DCD – Data Centre Design Training
A 3-day training course focusing on the best practices for the design and layout of a data centre or computer room

The original data centre design course.

This was the 1st. Many have followed in our footsteps but none have bettered it.
Based on real project experience
Using the practical experience derived by Capitoline from designing and auditing computer rooms and data centres this 3-day course focuses on the best practices in the specification, sizing and design of data centres.

What will you learn?
This comprehensive course covers everything from defining the best rack layout for your computer room to understanding the size of the UPS and generator required to provide back-up power.
You will learn how cooling systems work, which cooling system is best for your facility and what capacity it needs to be.
We guide you through the design process as only a data centre designer can. Data centre design and auditing is what our instructors do when they are not training. If you have a question they will have the answer.

Simply the best learning experience
The course is packed with practical exercises to guide you through the steps of data centre design. If you want someone to just read the slides to you then try one of our competitors. If you want a real learning experience come to us.
Our classes are interactive which means you can learn not only from the instructor’s practical experience and real project examples but also from the experience of fellow delegates.
The course is kept continuously up to date and explains in detail the relevance of US, UK, European and International standards and how to apply them. Our instructors are actively involved in the committees developing European data centre standards.

“Matt has delivered a fantastic training course on Data Centre Design in Entebbe, Uganda. Very professional with answers on every question asked, wonderful presentation skills, fulfilled completely my expectations” Armend Aliaga, United Nations

Meet your Instructors
Matt and Barry are the founding partners of Capitoline, each with over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry. They are both Chartered Engineers (CEng) with Engineering degrees (BSc(Hons)), Uptime Institute Accredited Designers (ATD), Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDD) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Barry Elliott
Barry Elliott
Matt Flowerday
Matt Flowerday

Since 2005 Matt and Barry have been exclusively involved in helping customers improve data centre designs and operational management systems. When they are not training they are actively involved in real data centre design and operations management projects.
Capitoline is the only Data Centre training provider which offers you the benefit of this experience.




“Probably the only Data Centre Design course given by real practising Data Centre Designers”

Course content

  • Introduction, including understanding Tier definitions and associated costs. TIA 942, BICSI 002, ASHRAE and other Standards
  • Designing for Energy efficiency (DCiE and PUE)
  • Sizing and defining the right data centre space
  • Specifying raised access floors
  • Optimising room layouts including hot aisle/cold aisle formats
  • Sizing and designing a resilient power supply system including UPS and generator selection. N, N+1 and 2N models
  • IT grade earthing, grounding and bonding
  • Sizing and designing air conditioning plus modern low energy options
  • Fire detection and suppression techniques appropriate to data centres
  • Building Management and Physical Security requirements
  • Data cable selection, copper and fibre, and ideal interconnect models

Who should attend?

  • IT managers and directors
  • Data centre managers and directors
  • Facilities managers
  • Engineers and consultants involved in data centre specifications

Attend a public course or have this training at your site
Any of our courses can be delivered at your site. In that way you benefit by focusing entirely on issues that matter to you. We can even combine the course with an instructor led audit of your facility. No other training provider can offer this because their instructors simply don’t have the practical experience.