Cisco, EMC, VMware to Offer, Joint Training, Certification for Cloud, Data Center Technologies

Course bundles gleaned from vendors’ existing training folder and structured as learning paths.

Cisco Systems Inc., EMC Corp. and VMware Inc. said that they each will contribute courseware from their training portfolios to create a joint curriculum for IT professionals that covers cloud architecture, virtualization, storage, data center networking and data science.

The companies said that the training and resulting certifications aim to help organizations attain the necessary skills associated with IT infrastructures, cloud computing and data analytics.

“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,” said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Learning@Cisco vice president and general manager.

Courseware from each vendor’s current training portfolio will comprise a mixed-and-matched framework, or learning path, to readily identify specific material required for proficiency in areas such as cloud architect, systems administrator, storage, backup and recovery, data center networking, data center network design, systems management and data scientist.

For instance, the Systems Administrator learning path includes EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure and Services, VMware’s vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage, and Cisco’s Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (DCUCI).

Similarly, the Data Center Network Architect learning path includes EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Cisco’s Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD), and Configuring Cisco Nexus Data Center (CCNDC).  

EMC's Data Science and Big Data Analytics and Information Storage and Management also are included.

Cisco, EMC and VMware intend to deliver the training in an instructor-led format. Some courses will be made available at the customer’s site either by Cisco or EMC, the latter of which said it will provide some courseware by video.

The courses will be offered as bundles at various pricing levels, segmented by learning path and can be bought directly from Cisco or EMC, the companies said. Individual courses also will be made available and can be purchased in the same manner as the bundles.

“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," said Tom Clancy, EMC Education Services vice president.

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