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Cisco, EMC, VMware to offer co-branded training

Long time allies are bundling various data centre-flavoured training courses

Cisco, EMC & VMware to offer IT training on cloud computing, data centre and big data technologies.
Cisco, EMC & VMware to offer IT training on cloud computing, data centre and big data technologies.

Cisco, EMC and VMware are joining forces to offer IT training on cloud computing, data centre and big data technologies in the form of previously launched courses from their respective training organisations.

Those courses will be bundled at various pricing tiers and offered through each vendor's training portal, the companies have confirmed in a statement.

Cisco and EMC, which majority-owns VMware, are longtime strategic allies, and there's an entire standalone company, VCE, devoted to technology architecture that converges each of their specialities.

The latest revelation marks the first time they are offering joint, co-branded training.

Tom Clancy, vice president of EMC Education Services, said: "EMC, Cisco and VMware are industry leaders offering best-of-breed data centre and IT infrastructure technologies and services, through a strong and collaborative relationship. The education solutions Cisco and EMC are offering through this collaboration are conveniently packaged, flexible and value-priced. Our solutions will provide organisations, 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."

According to the three companies, the bundles draw on existing courses from each vendor's respective training portfolio and plots those courses as a learning path.

A System Administrator learning path, for example, includes EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services, VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage, and Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (DCUCI), while the Data Center Network Architect learning path requires EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD), and Configuring Cisco Nexus Data Center (CCNDC).

Where topics like cloud are concerned, the thought is that rather than train engineers and technical experts in ‘silos' in say networking, storage etc, it's more effective to teach those disciplines in terms of how they converge into architectural plays, such as data centres optimised for cloud services.

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager of Learning@Cisco, said today's data centre is composed of heterogeneous technologies, with the cloud blurring the lines between technology silos. "IT organisations must cultivate new cloud architecture skills, understand how to use big data and maintain deep domain expertise with a renewed understanding of virtualisation and technology convergence. With this offering Cisco and EMC are leading the way in transforming skills for the next generation of IT professionals," Beliveau-Dunn said.

The vendors will offer their respective courses as instructor-led training, although select courses will be available for customer onsite instruction, and some EMC courses are available through video instructor-led training or e-learning modules.

The bundled courses are available immediately, with pricing depending on the intensity and depth of the courses required. The bundles start at about $10,000, according to a Cisco spokesperson.

Future course bundles will include security-centric courses, and Cisco, EMC and VMware will also focus on more joint development, the vendors said.