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SYSTIMAX Data Center Design and Engineering [SP8810]

This course builds on the student's experience in SYSTIMAX D&E and the initial SP8800 SYSTIMAX Data Center Fundamentals course. Its focus is specialist Data Center technologies, architectures, challenges and solutions. SP3321, SP8800, SP8810 and SP8820 SYSTIMAX Data Center Solutions will acknowledge the student as a Data Center Specialist.

Estimated study time: 6 hours 30 minutes

Overall content duration: 5 hours 50 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.


For all CommScope SYSTIMAX Designers, Consultants & Customers involved in Data Center projects. The student is expected to already be experienced in SYSTIMAX Infrastructure Design and have taken the SP8800 SYSTIMAX Data Center Fundamentals course, which can be considered an introduction to Data Center Design.

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 course for 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 Center 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.


  • Review Data Center terminology
  • Be aware of the design and planning requirements ensuring all the potential services required are included
  • Ensure the relevant standards are applied as required
  • Understand how emerging technologies will be a major factor in design
  • Look at the design considerations associated with Data Center Power, Cooling, and Security
  • Know the trends in Data Center Technology and looking  in detail at Data Center Architectures
  • Planning for 10G and beyond

Key Topics:

This course starts with an overview of the Data Center Technology terms which will be required when dealing with professionals. It positions the different individual areas of a data center and the interconnections needed between them. The course continues to look at data center planning with the different services that will need integration. Cable containment planning and routing is an important consideration at this time together with the necessary standards that are applicable. New technologies are emerging all the time so a section on this is included as making the right decisions at the start is paramount. Protocol and applications, fiber type and the number of connection points between devices, have an impact on the distances desired and this topic is discussed. Data Center architecture is reviewed and covers general Data Center layout terminology, direct connect and Top of Rack architectures.

Topics in the SP8810 include:

  • Data Center Technology
  • Data Center Planning
  • Key Standards Development
  • Data Center Cabling Design
  • Data Center Architecture Needs and Solutions


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 a Data Center project for, design or specification and need to understand this specialist infrastructure environment in detail or want to further build upon your SP3321 design and SP8800 Data Center fundamentals 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), your ID badge will have this specialist course icon appended if you have completed SP8800.‚Äč

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 4 Event ID: OV-COMMS-IL-0918-2

Certificate valid for 4 years

Estimated study time: 6 hours 30 minutes

Overall content duration: 5 hours 50 minutes