A worldwide training company that has helped set up a degree course for data centre managers has warned there is no entry level qualification standard for cable installers.
CNet Training, based in Fornham St Genevieve, has just teamed up with Anglia Ruskin University to create a masters degree course for data centre managers.
Data centres are the hubs that make everything from cash machines to Google and Amazon work.
CNet Training says it is the world leader in providing professional education and training to data centre professionals. Its clients include major multinational organisations across the globe, such as Google.
The aim of the collaboration with Anglia Ruskin is to introduce new top level learning in the data centre industry to benefit both individuals and the industry itself.
Andrew Stevens, chief executive at CNet, said: “Individuals can become part of the ultimate elite group of highly qualified data centre professionals and the industry can benefit from the enhanced knowledge and expertise that will be channelled into it.”
But CNet warns that there is currently no standard for the qualification at the other end of the scale: for those learning to install the cables on which the data centres and networks rely.
Sarah Parks, CNet’s director of marketing and communications: “There’s no other industry in the world that allows unqualified people to work on installation.
“With the gas man or an electrician you expect them to have the right qualifications.
“There are certain standards for cabling and you expect them to be followed, but how do you know the installer has even read them?
“It costs over $7,000 a minute when a data centre goes down. When RBS’ cash machines wouldn’t give cash out, that was a cabling problem at a data centre.
CNet has its own registered qualifications for everything from entry level cabling to the management degree and is in discussions with government and industry to try to get its certifications adopted as the industry standard.