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Cisco Joins Forces with EMC to Advance IT Skills in Cloud, Big Data and Data Center Technologies

Training and Certifications Enable Organizations to Maximize Benefits of Transformational IT Technologies

Cisco today announced it is joining forces with EMC to offer comprehensive technical education solutions in the areas of cloud architecture, virtualization, storage, data center networking and data science. The joint education solutions from Cisco and EMC, which also incorporate courseware from VMware, will offer advanced training and certifications to help organizations acquire the skills required to successfully architect, build and transform their 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. These new technologies affect not only IT systems and infrastructures, but also the practitioners that design, install, operate and manage them. New job roles are emerging that require next-generation skill sets. New skills and knowledge are needed for organizations, managers and individual end-users to maximize the benefits of these new technologies.

Key Facts/Highlights

  • The education solutions will combine the latest curricula from Cisco, EMC and VMware, to offer a logically organized 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.
  • Learning paths will make it simple for IT managers and practitioners to create education development plans by prescribing the specific course of training required for proficiency in each discipline. For example, the Systems Administrator learning path includes the following courses: Cloud Infrastructure and Services, VMware vSphere®: Install, Configure, Manage, and Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (DCUCI). The Data Center Network Architect learning path includes the following courses: EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD), and Configuring Cisco Nexus Data Center (CCNDC).  Other courses include EMC's Data Science and Big Data Analytics and EMC's Information Storage and Management. 
  • Bundles will offer convenient, flexible and value-priced purchase options for each of the prescribed learning paths and will make it easy for users to find, purchase and consume the most appropriate courseware for their needs. Courses will also be offered individually for those who prefer an a la carte option.
  • 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. Additionally, some EMC courseware is offered through EMC's convenient video instructor-led (VILT) training.

Offerings and Availability:

  • Convenient education solution bundles are aligned to key IT job roles and learning paths.
  • The courseware may also be purchased as traditional stand-alone training directly from Cisco and EMC.
  • The education solutions will be available beginning April 2, 2012 directly from Cisco or EMC at or

About Cisco

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