Network contender Cisco Systems (CSCO) and storage and virtualization firm EMC (EMC) have teamed up to provide training in the rapidly developing areas of cloud architecture, virtualization, storage and data center networking. The joint education venture, which also includes training from VMware, will offer certifications in cloud computing, Big Data and data science, as well as next-generation IT infrastructure.

"Today's data center is composed of heterogeneous technologies, with the cloud blurring the lines between technology silos,” said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, VP of Learning@Cisco, in a prepared statement. “IT organizations must cultivate new cloud architecture skills, understand how to use big data and maintain deep domain expertise with a renewed understanding of virtualization and technology convergence. With this offering Cisco and EMC are leading the way in transforming skills for the next generation of IT professionals."

Highlights of the Cisco/EMC training partnership:

  • The framework of disciplines addressed includes: Cloud Architect, Systems Administrator, Storage, Backup and Recovery, Data Center Networking, Data Center Network Design, Systems Management and Data Scientist

  • “Learning paths” will help decision makers and IT personnel define educational plans by starting with a recommended course sequence for gaining proficiency

  • Regarding payment, “bundles” will offer training participants flexible courseware choices and “value-priced” options for each learning path. Courses will also be available for individual purchase.

  • Cisco, EMC, and in some cases VMware, will provide coursework as instructor-led training. Certain courses will be available onsite; some EMC courses will be offered as video-instructor led.


"EMC, Cisco and VMware are industry leaders offering best-of-breed data center and IT infrastructure technologies and services, through a strong and collaborative relationship,” said Tom Clancy, VP of EMC Education Services, in a prepared statement. “Our solutions will provide organizations, as well as the IT professional, a prescriptive and simple way to acquire the right skills at the right time, regardless of where they are in their journey to cloud computing, addressing Big Data or employing a data science strategy."

The joint education is available on both Cisco’s and EMC’s sites.

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