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SYSTIMAX Data Center Fundamentals [SP8800]

The course focus is Data Center fundamentals and planning considerations, Data Center standards and Introduces the SYSTIMAX copper and fiber solutions used in the Data Center. It builds upon the basic design skills learnt in the SP3321 course and prepares the student for the SP8810 Design and Engineering course.

Estimated study time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Overall content duration: 4 hours 40 minutes


The webcasts for this course are available in the following languages:

 Chinese Danish Dutch Finnish French German Hungarian Italian Japanese Korean Portuguese Russian Spanish Swedish Turkish

plus additional languages available for asssessments.


The primary audience is for CommScope SYSTIMAX Partners, consultants and customers, about to embark on or are already involved in a Data Center project, or wish to gain a greater understanding of the Data Center environment.

Pre-requisite experience:

The ideal pre-requisite for this course is qualification in SP3321 SYSTIMAX Design and Engineering but it is not mandatory as it’s a useful fundamentals coursefor non-design students. For those about to be involved in Data Center design or specification then the ideal order and combination of courses will be:

SP3321 D&E is the suitable pre-requisite to SP8800 Data Ce​nter Fundamentals.

SP8810 Data Center Design and Engineering course then builds upon SP8800 and provides the student with the next level of design detail.

The SP8820 Data Center Solutions provides a detailed look at SYSTIMAX solutions and their application in a Data Center environment.

If all 4 courses are current then the student is recognized as a Data Center Specialist in the CommScope partner base.


  • Introduce Data Centers, their significance and what makes them unique
  • Introduce Data Center design
  • Learn the copper and fiber requirements specific to Data Center design
  • Understand the media choices
  • Overview the SYSTIMAX product solution options for use in the Data Center

Key Topics:

  • Data Center Basics - Defining a Data Center, understanding the key components. Understand the challenges Data Center design presents the engineer. Know the components unique to Data Centers, mainframes, servers, storage, directors and switches. Interfaces ESCON, FICON, FC, LC, MPO and media requirements, copper and fiber that each technology within the Data Center uses and which uses which. Understanding NAS storage, SAN networks, DISC/DASD and Tape storage.
  • Data Center Planning Considerations - Enterprise and Blade server technologies overview. Server interfaces, LAN, SAN, OoBM, KVM. Data Center planning and design process, Corporate and Hosting Data Centers, Cooling, Power, connectivity and Reliability (5 nines). Practical design considerations including, ‘green’ issues, Hot and Cold Isles, CRAC, cabinets/racks, cable management, RFEs, power separation. Power consumption and load considerations for servers.
  • Data Center Cabling Design - Data Center standards – TIA/EIA-942, ISO 24764, EN50173-5, understanding TIA areas such as MDA, HDA​, ZDA and EDA and associated ISO equivalents, how each relates to the components within the Data Center, recommendations.
  • Copper Cabling in the Data Center - SYSTIMAX Copper solutions in the Data Center, design and installation considerations, GigaSPEED XL, X10D and Xpress, design flexibility. InstaPATCH Cu & QUATTRO Cu components.
  • Fiber Cabling in the Data Center - SYSTIMAX fiber solutions in the Data Center, design and installation considerations, New technologies WBMMF OM5, LazrSPEED, TeraSPEED and new fiber performance calculator.
  • Pre-Terminated and Tested solutions - ​SYSTIMAX ULL Fiber, MPO connectivity, ULL Fiber, HD and UD fiber shelf options.

How will I learn?

You will study this course online in a self- paced format.
The course is made up of a number of webcast lessons and online multiple choice assessments giving immediate feedback. It is supported by a number of downloadable documents.

Successful completion will require:

Any level of pass in the accumulative overall assessment score.

Is this the right course for me?

If you are about to be involved in Data Center project for sales, design or specification and need to understand the fundamentals of this specialist infrastructure environment or want to build upon your SP3321 design experience, then this course is for you.

Upon successful completion you will:

Receive a certificate which can be self-printed. If you are a CommScope Partner you’ll be entered on the CommScope certification database and a badge is available to you via the Infrastructure Academy App if you are already qualified in SP3321 Authorized SYSTIMAX Engineering (ASE).​ This course builds towards becoming recognised as a Data Center specialist.

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 4 Event ID: OV-COMMS-IL-0217-6

Certificate valid for 4 years

Estimated study time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Overall content duration: 4 hours 40 minutes