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How IT Training Is Evolving to Address New Tech

How IT Training Is Evolving to Address New TechHow IT Training Is Evolving to Address New Tech

New certification and education programs are essential for addressing emerging technologies–including IoT, converged infrastructure and SDN.

Vendor-Neutral Training at CompTIAVendor-Neutral Training at CompTIA

New CompTIA A+ 900 exams reflect IT professionals’ changing responsibilities in security, networking, operating systems, IT operations, troubleshooting and technical support. They cover the basics of cloud computing, virtualization, desktop imaging and deployment.

Certs for MSPsCerts for MSPs

The MSPAlliance enhanced its MSP/Cloud Verify Program (MSPCV) for cloud computing and managed service providers (MSPs). The update includes improvements related to MSP responses to ransomware and other cyber-security attacks on client systems.

SDN Skills From Open Networking FoundationSDN Skills From Open Networking Foundation

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) forged a partnership with ITpreneurs to launch entry-level SDN certification testing. As part of the ONF-Certified SDN Professional (OCSP) program, the ONF-Certified SDN Associate Certification provides a foundation of vendor-neutral knowledge and skills validation, which complements vendor-specific certifications in SDN.

Cisco Updates Its Certification LineupCisco Updates Its Certification Lineup

Cisco has updated its certification portfolio to align with evolving industry job roles around emerging technology and business insights including IoT, cloud, SDN, security, big data and network programmability.

Public Cloud Cert From Barracuda NetworksPublic Cloud Cert From Barracuda Networks

Barracuda Networks added new training courses and Public Cloud Certification to enable partners to deploy its security solutions on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and VMware vCloud Air.

Juniper's Network Design TrainingJuniper’s Network Design Training

Juniper Networks developed a network design and training and certification program to meet changing network demands, covering SDN and network-functions virtualization (NFV). Three levels of certifications are available: design associate, specialist and professional.

CyberVista Makes Its DebutCyberVista Makes Its Debut

CyberVista is launching to offer education and workforce development programs for both executives and practitioners. The initial product offering will provide executives with an understanding of cyber issues and the tools to manage those risks. A cyber-security certification preparation program for practitioners and IT pros is planned.

Avnet's Technical Education CoursesAvnet’s Technical Education Courses

Aimed at helping drive partner growth, Avnet’s top technical education courses cover big data and analytics, cloud, converged infrastructure, IoT, mobility, networking and security. Additionally, Avnet recently acquired certified IT training company, ExitCertified, to boost its education business.

Security Studies at ISACASecurity Studies at ISACA

ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus offers a vendor-neutral CSX Practitioner (CSXP) Certification. Candidates must pass an exam in an adaptive, performance-based laboratory environment. In addition, ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus has two new free tools to help security professionals develop their CSX career road map.

ISACA's CISA UpdatesISACA’s CISA Updates

ISACA updated the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam to better reflect new job requirements. The revised job practice will be effective starting with the June 2016 CISA exam.

GIAC Cert for Continuous MonitoringGIAC Cert for Continuous Monitoring

GIAC (Global Information Insurance Certification), a developer of cyber-security certifications, launched a new certification for Continuous Monitoring. The GMON certification targets architects, engineers, analysts and managers.

Revamped VMware CertsRevamped VMware Certs

VMware revamped its certification road map when it moved from Version 5 to Version 6. The new SDN track includes data center virtualization, cloud management and automation, and network virtualization, while the desktop road map now includes mobility.

OpenStack Foundation Cert for Cloud AdminsOpenStack Foundation Cert for Cloud Admins

The OpenStack Foundation launched a professional certification program for OpenStack Cloud administrators. The virtual Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) test will be available anywhere in the world.

RedHat Offers OpenStack TrainingRedHat Offers OpenStack Training

Red Hat added two engineer-level training and certification offerings—Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) in Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat OpenStack Administration III (CL310)—designed to help organizations meet demand for Red-Hat distributed OpenStack Clouds.