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Introduction to Hyperscale/Cloud Data Centers [SP8900]

The objective of this course is to help students understand Hyperscale/Cloud Data Center infrastructure technology and architecture. This course discusses the fiber connectivity solutions typically used in the Hyperscale environment. It also details fiber safety, connectivity inspection, cleaning, testing and troubleshooting techniques imperative for technicians operating in these data centers.

Estimated study time: 2 hours

Overall content duration: 1 hour 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 assessments.


This course is for anyone involved in Hyperscale/Cloud Data Center infrastructure design, installation or management who may already have some experience but want to increase their knowledge and understanding of connectivity choices and architectures. It has been designed to ensure that the student understands not only the technology available today but new and emerging systems. The course highlights the differences that are inherent to Hyperscale data centers versus other types of data centers. 

Pre-requisite experience

​No pre-requisite experience is required to take this course as the subjects covered will be of interest to anyone working in the data center field. However, some prior knowledge of general data center design and installation practices might be advantageous. CommScope's SP8850 Pre-terminated data center solutions course is recommended.


  • Define Hyperscale and Cloud Data Center environments and their architectures.
  • Help the student understand the differences between Hyperscale/Cloud data centers and other data center types.
  • Understand how changing data center technology and architecture is increasing the density required with integrated and more efficient equipment.
  • Look at fiber connectivity solutions and how density and future migration capabilities impact system selection.
  • Look at cable containment options and routing for fiber cable.
  • Review safety considerations and best practice when handling fiber optic solutions.
  • Discuss the effects of contamination on fiber connector end faces and how it can impact network performance.
  • Detail the connector inspection and cleaning regime vital to reliable network operation.
  • Ensure that the student understands fiber losses, and how to test and troubleshoot correctly.

Key Topics

What is a Hyperscale/Cloud data center?

  • "Hyperscale" definition
  • "Cloud" definition

What makes Hyperscale data centers different than other data centers?

  • Purpose
  • Size and scalability
  • Virtualization
  • Network architecture
  • Optical fiber transmission media

From a cabling infrastructure perspective, what is important to Hyperscale/Cloud operators?

  • Port density
  • Performance and reliability
  • Ease & speed of deployment

Which CommScope product sets are applicable to Hyperscale/Cloud environments?

  • Fiber patch cords and cable assemblies
  • EHD, UD & HD fiber panels and modules
  • High Fiber Count Splice Solution (HFCSS) panel
  • Rapid fiber panels
  • NGF & NG4access fiber distribution frames
  • FEC & OMX fiber entrance cabinets
  • FiberGuide fiber raceway system
  • Bulk fiber cable
  • FOSC fiber splice closures

Optical fiber safety considerations and best practice

Optical fiber end face cleaning considerations, tools and techniques

  • Fiber end face contamination
  • Fiber end face inspection
  • Fiber end face cleaning

Optical fiber loss budgets and testing methods

  • Power budgets, loss budgets and fiber component loss
  • Optical fiber testing methods
  • Optical fiber testing tools
  • Fiber test reference cords and OTDR launch/receive cables

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 highly recommended that the student augment their learning with real world design and installation experience, preferably with the help experienced colleagues or mentors.

Successful completion will require

Any level of pass in the accumulative overall assessment score.

Is this the right course for me?

If you have an interest in Hyperscale Data Center cabling design, maintenance and/or installation and need to get a better understanding the components involved, then this course is for you.

Upon successful completion you will

​Receive a course certificate that may be self-printed.

Effective Mar16th 2022, BICSI recognizes SP8900 - Introduction to Hyerscale Cloud Data Centers training for BICSI continuing Education Credits (CECs).

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 1 Event ID: OV-COMM-OC-0322-4

Certificate valid for 2 years

Estimated study time: 2 hours

Overall content duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Course Benefits

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Effective learning
  • Learn on the go and on-site
  • Cost effective
  • Consistent training globally
  • Available in many languages
  • Access latest material

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