Friday, 4 September 2009

Green data centre degree course

IBM has announced that it is collaboration with Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, Nebraska to develop what it claims is the first green data centre management degree course. The two-year course is designed to help students gain technical and business skills to prepare them for careers in the design and management of energy efficient data centres.

The course will use IBM hardware, software and online skills training resources, including a new, enterprise data center on campus with IBM Power Systems servers running AIX, IBM i and Linux environments. The course will cover topics such as virtualisation and server consolidation, energy efficiency, business resiliency, and security and compliance skills and can be extended to other colleges through a virtual learning program to remote students.

However, the press release says that the course, which starts in December, has the title of "Associate Degree in Information Technology - Data Center Management ". Courses mentioned as part of the degree include: Hardware, Disaster Recovery, & Troubleshooting, Introduction to Data Center Management, Virtualisation, Remote Access, & Monitoring, Data Center Racks & Cabling, Building a Secure Environment, Applied Data Center Management and Networking Security.

I have some problems with this - not the fact that IBM is helping create a data centre degree course, which is highly commendable, but that it is headlined in the press release as the 'First Green Data Center Degree'. The degree title doesn't reflect a green element and nor do the course modules mentioned. It seems to me that this is a data centre course that just covers some aspects of being green, e.g. virtualisation and energy efficiency.

If it were truly a green data centre course then there would be more on the facilities management (e.g. LEED construction), cooling systems and alternatives, energy tracking, renewable energy use, location considerations, legislation, etc. in fact a more holistic view as to energy efficiency than is implied by the course description. Perhaps it does, but apart from the labelling it a 'green' data centre degree there's not much evidence from the press release.

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