Cisco Systems announced it is teaming with EMC to offer technical education programs in the areas of cloud architecture, virtualization, storage, data center networking and data science.

The joint education solutions, which also incorporate courseware from VMware, will offer advanced training and certifications to help organizations acquire the skills they need to design and build IT infrastructures, adopt cloud computing, and realize the promise of big data and data science.

Explosive data growth and new transformational technologies such as cloud computing, converged infrastructure, unified networking and big data are changing the way organizations are running their businesses today, Cisco says. These new technologies affect not only IT systems and infrastructures, but the practitioners who design, install, operate and manage them.

New job roles are emerging that require next-generation skills, and new skills and knowledge are needed for organizations, managers and individual end-users to maximize the benefits of these technologies.

The education programs will combine the latest curricula from Cisco, EMC and VMware to offer a framework to address disciplines such as cloud architect, systems administrator, storage, backup and recovery, data center networking, data center network design, systems management and data scientist.

Cisco will deliver its training as instructor-led training (ILT) and EMC (or in some cases VMware) will deliver the EMC and VMware training as ILT. Select courses will be available for customer onsite instruction by either Cisco or EMC. In addition, some EMC courseware is offered through EMC's video instructor-led (VILT) training.

"Today's data center is composed of heterogeneous technologies, with the cloud blurring the lines between technology silos,” Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager of Learning@Cisco, said in a 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."



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