Our need for data centers is almost bottomless, and their resource demands are equally huge. For example, keeping these racks of servers from melting in the heat of their own processing requires so much cooling, Microsoft tried submerging them in the ocean.

That said, learning the electrical engineering behind them is a great way to start a new career, or learn how to build a better server farm on the IT side. In either case, the Fundamentals of Power & Electrical Engineering Bundle can show you how it's done,

Taught by expert electrical engineers John Peterson and Ahmed Mahdy, the bundle breaks down the different pieces of electrical engineering in data centers across eight courses with 32 hours of content. To start with, there are three essentials courses on data centers as an overall topic, the cooling and mechanical systems they need, and the power and electrical systems that keep them running.

From there, you'll learn how to simulate power systems and power electronics using MATLAB. Building systems in a virtual environment is the best way to ensure the system stays up and running, as it helps you anticipate future risks and problems. It's also an introduction to some unique approaches to the mathematics-focused coding language.

Once you're ready to get your hands dirty, you'll learn about key components, such as inverters, rectifiers, and choppers. Inverters convert direct current, DC to alternating current, AC, which is crucial for taking the raw power flowing through the mains and running devices off of it. Rectifiers turn AC into DC, making them the key to power control. And choppers can "step down" or "step up" power sources, making it easier to control what ultimately arrives at the server.

Knowing how data centers tick is key even if you'll never go near a wire. And the Fundamentals of Power & Electrical Engineering Bundle makes it easy to understand. It's currently on sale for just $39.99; that's less than $5 per course.

Prices subject to change.

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