EMC on Monday unveiled two new programs to train and certify customers and solution provider partners as virtualization and cloud computing architects.
The aim of the program is to help customers and solution providers, even those who do not work directly with EMC products, get the skills they need to move from virtualized environments into cloud computing, said Tom Clancy, vice president of EMC educational services.
"We believe that, no matter what type of cloud you implement, whether you do it yourself or with a partner, that the virtual infrastructure is critical," Clancy said. "We are trying to provide those skills to the difference audiences we have."
EMC is introducing two new certification programs for cloud architect and data center architects as part of its EMC Proven Professional Program.
Clancy said EMC is offering two types of certifications to cloud architects, the people who deliver virtualization and cloud designs in all cloud domains. "Customers are talking about the journey to the cloud," he said. "These will be the key people leading that journey."
The first cloud architect, the EMC CA, builds the virtualized infrastructure that leads to virtual data centers and eventually to cloud infrastructure, Clancy said. "Virtualization design will be critical to building the cloud," he said.
The second cloud architect, the EMC CAe, is for people focusing on IT as a service, Clancy said. "The CAe will take a company's business requirements and place them into the virtualized architectures designed by the EMC CA," he said.
EMC is also offering a number of new data center architect certifications for users and solution providers who work with specific technologies within a virtualized data center.
The first four data center architect, or EMC DCA, certifications are storage networking; backup, recovery, and information availability; information storage security; and storage service management.
Clancy said the DCA certifications will be available to those who are new to these functions, as well as to those who were certified in such technologies in more classic data center environments. More experienced people may be able to test out of the certification courses, he said.
There is overlap between traditional data center certifications and the new EMC DCA offerings, Clancy said. For instance, training for a storage networking EMC DCA includes both general storage networking skills and those skills in virtualized environments. "Such a person could then go into a non-virtualized environment, but would be a stronger person because of the virtualized environment training," he said.
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