BCS to launch green datacentre qualification

The British Computer Society plans to launch a new green qualification for datacentre operators.

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The British Computer Society plans to launch a new green qualification for datacentre operators.

The qualification follows the European Union’s publication of a code of conduct for datacentres, and continues work by the BCS to encourage firms to run lower energy and lower carbon datacentres.

The industry body said the qualification will “set an international standard” for IT professionals in energy efficiency. Candidates will take a three day course, followed by a one hour exam, based on understanding and implementing the EU code of conduct.

The course is suitable for anyone in IT and procurement, the BCS said. It will be available from the summer and will complement the BCS Foundation Certificate in Green IT, which is being launched in April.

Pete Bayley, BCS director of qualifications, said: “With estimates that a data centre can account for 25 percent of the total IT cost to a typical company, many businesses are examining how they can make their centres more efficient both in terms of costs and carbon emissions to comply with the new EU Code of Conduct.”

Earlier this month, the BCS expanded its training operations by buying Activ Training, an e-learning and testing firm.

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