CDMS® - Certified Data Centre Migration Specialist

CDMS® - Certified Data Centre Migration Specialist


The primary audience is any IT, facilities or data centre operations professional working in and around the data centre (both end-customers and/or service provider/facilitators) and having to handle data centre migration projects and/or data centre strategies. These include Project Managers, Data Centre Managers, Operations/Floor/Facility Managers, IT Managers, Network/System Engineers, Data Centre Sales/Consultants, Logistic Managers.


There is no specific prerequisite for the CDMS® course. However, participants who have actual experience in the data centre and/or IT infrastructures are best suited. Attendance of the CDCP® - Certified Data Centre Professional course is recommended but not a requirement.


2 days.

This class is taught virtually, please click here for more information about our virtual courses.

Course Objectives

Data centre migration is an exceptionally high-risk undertaking. Most data centre professionals have never done this before. Some professionals have done it only a few times in their life. The level of effort required in the planning and discovery phases is directly proportionate to the amount of risk mitigated. It is an exercise that requires collaboration and interfacing with various stakeholders in the organisation - some for the first time ever. The Data Centre Migration Specialist course is a two-day course designed to expose participants to all aspects of a data centre migration. It provides a step-by-step methodology which will enable them to reduce the risks involved in such a complex undertaking. It will also provide participants with valuable and practical hints and tips used by seasoned data centre professionals who have done multiple complex migrations.

After completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Develop and review their data centre strategy
  • Use different risk assessment methodologies together with practical tips specifically for data centre migrations to reduce the risk during a data centre migration
  • Understand different migration strategies
  • Understand the legal aspects when migrating a data centre
  • Understand the importance of Business Service Reviews and Service Level Objectives
  • Size and design the target data centre
  • Understand the importance of detailed discovery and how dependencies influence migration waves
  • Understand the safety requirements during migration
  • Get lots of practical tips when moving to another data centre

Course Content

Data Centre Strategy
Data centre lifecycle
Reasons to migrate a data centre
Alternatives to data centre migration
Cloud computing
Upgrade existing data centre or build new

Project Management
Project management and methods
Scope statement
Statement Of Work (SOW)
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Allocate time to the project
Cost and estimation methodology
Project communication

Risk Management
Risk management and methods
Risk identification
Risk assessment methodologies
Qualitative approach
Semi-quantitative approach
Quantitative approach
Risk evaluation
Risk treatment
Risk in data centre migrations

Migration Strategies
Different data centre migration strategies
Heterogeneous migration
Homogeneous migration
Physical migration
Different IT transformations
Pre-migration transformation
Migration transformation
Post-migration transformation

Legal Aspects
Regulatory requirements
Contractual considerations
Legal aspects when decommissioning

High Level Discovery & Planning
The importance of Business Service Reviews
The concept of Availability
The concept of Recoverability
The importance of Service Level Objectives
Requirements on designing the target IT architecture
Information needed for high level planning

Design Target Data Centre
Requirements for the target data centre
Sizing the data centre
Architectural requirements
Cooling requirements
Power requirements

Detailed Discovery and Planning
The importance of discovery
Automated discovery tools
Asset management
Network and system dependencies
Detailed migration planning
Migration waves
Warranties and insurance

Safety precautions
Technical safety review
Electrical safety
Personal safety during migration
Fire safety during migration

Controversy between access and security
Access control
Managing security during migration
Security during migration
Key management
Practical hints and tips
Continuous improvement

Route investigation
Logistics team
Installing the equipment
Post migration support

End of Project
Why project closure
Lessons learned
Phased completion of project
Criteria for project closure
The outcome of the project
End of project

Sample questions
Self-study (time permitted)


Certification exam papers can be taken in paper based format at the end of the last day of the course, or online via an authorised training partner, depending on the country in which the course is delivered. The exam is a one hour, 40 questions, multiple choice and closed book exam. The attendee needs to have 27 out of 40 questions correct in order to pass the exam.

The CDMS certificate is valid for 3 years, after which recertification is required.

CDMS is world-wide accredited by EXIN.

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