With U.S. President Obama’s recent decree about better business practices to address climate change, more companies are thinking green.
Sure, software defined data center technologies are hot right now, but data center education needs more than just knowing how to deploy another virtual machine. We anticipate that green data centers are going to continue to trend upward as the cost of energy goes up and further legislation makes old energy hog switches a thing of the past.
You may already know about the best green data center conferences, but green certifications could help further distinguish your data center and employees from others in the market place. Here are some of the prominent green certifications to consider for your data center personnel.
Six Sigma – There are a several levels of Six Sigma certifications – from dabblers to full indoctrinators and Master Black Belts. These certifications are especially useful for IT data center management positions and/or executives in a very large data-centric organization.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Operation and Maintenance: Data Centers – This certification address the specific “needs of high density computing equipment such as server racks, used for data storage and processes.” As new data centers go up in the wake of big data, qualified data center professionals will further differentiate your employees.
Schneider Electric Data Center Certified Associate (DCCA) – There are loads of vendor-specific data center certifications out there, but the DCCA focuses on the physical realities of the data center infrastructures – we’re talking power and cooling, racks, cabling and management. The free training courses from Schneider Electric can be completed in about 15 hours, and the single exam only costs about $250, which makes it the best bargain on this list. Schneider also offers the Professional Energy Manager (PEM) which is geared toward energy auditing and increasing efficiency of existing facilities – which is another $250 exam.
Certified Data Centre Energy Professional (CDCEP) — While you’ve undoubtedly heard of CNet’s Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP) cert, the CDCEP aims specifically at energy efficiency within the data center in order to both reduce carbon emissions and save the almighty dollar (or Euro, as the case may be). It stays current on the latest EU Code of Conduct on Data Centres’ Energy Efficiency. It’s a pretty hefty time and money investment in the beginning and requires recertification every three years, but it remains a highly sought cert that could set you apart from other data center executives.