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  • Cisco announces the launch of a new set of Data Centre Certifications

    12 December 2012

    In the fast moving world of information technology, it is important to be up-to-date with technological changes. Cisco systems has released a new certification in order to keep up with the modern IT worker, focusing on data centres. The CCIE data centre qualification was launched in September and comes with a whole host of new training courses.

    With the cloud and data centres becoming more and more widely used by the minute, the role of a data networking administrator is increasingly difficult and important. The certification will cover training in competence in network and server virtualization and storage and IP networking convergence. Candidates must pass 2 exams in order to achieve the qualification which is valid for 3 years.

    Cisco’s decision to overhaul their data centre certification comes from an increase in the number of problems and difficulties that a data centre administrator could face. The new certification trains IT workers in a virtual troubleshooting environment where they face problems with storage and network connectivity, installation, memory, adapter connectivity and booting issues, drivers, BIOS and deploying a virtualized environment.

    Cisco have also tried to place more emphasis on security problems with this certification. Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice-president of Cisco explains why this is the case, “I will tell you that in all of the career tracks that we’re watching, security and data center continue to be the top two trends that our customers are asking for across the board.”

    If you’re looking to train yourself or one of your employees in this or any other Cisco certifications, take a look at our Cisco routing and switching training courses to find the course that suits your needs. Alternatively give Total Training Solutions a call on 0800 612 1299 or email: info@tts-uk.com.

  • Why has Cisco created the new Data Center certifications?

    20 December 2012

     Last week we looked at the release of Cisco’s new data center certification. We saw the complete
    overhaul that Cisco gave to its data center certificate, but this week we’re looking at why they have
    made such drastic changes.

    Antonella Corno, product manager for Data Center virtualization and cloud product portfolio at Cisco,
    states that the key reason for the change is “that our career certifications now fully embrace the unified data center architecture -- unified computing, unified fabric and unified management.” Cisco identified that as technology has moved towards more intelligence in networks, a knowledge gap has cropped up in the industry, and is growing.

    Tech trends have been responding to specific business challenges and this has caused IT workers to
    rethink the way they leverage their infrastructures. As a result of this, new jobs and skill sets have
    emerged, meaning that some of the old training does not cover the new skills that are likely to be
    required. The new certification is also a cost saving measure as more complex infrastructures need
    better trained workers to operate them at a cost minimising level.

    Cisco views the new certification as a way of laying down the basic foundations for data center job roles. While there are already people working in these roles, Cisco have produced a certification that will help to pass the skills on to new IT employees who have less experience.

    If you’re looking to train yourself or one of your employees in this or any other Cisco certification,
    take a look at our Cisco routing and switching training courses to find the course that suits your needs. Alternatively give Total Training Solutions a call on 0800 612 1299 or email: info@tts-uk.com.

  • Why as a Data Center professional, should you invest your time and effort into passing the new Cisco certifications?

    27 December 2012

    Having seen what the new Cisco certifications are offering to data centre professionals, this week we’re looking at what a professional could gain from the course and why it is worth their time and effort. In general, the new certification brings everything up to date and trains data center workers to cope with new environmental factors which, previously, were not an issue. But what is it specifically that warrants your attention?

    Cisco prides their new certifications on being able to provide practical and relevant, job-ready skills to the modern data center worker. The certification focuses on the practicalities and tasks that will be carried out in most data center job roles. So, as value to you, this will more than simply help you to do your current job better, it will give you the transferable skills you may need to take on new roles.

    Although you will be putting time, money and a lot of hard work into this qualification, Cisco claim that by passing it you will then be armed with the skills to save time, money and effort in your job. So in exchange for time and effort over a short period of time, you will save time and effort for yourself, and money for your company in the long run.

    While the certification will help you to make savings in key areas, Cisco claim that it will also help you to improve the quality and value of your data center through the increased efficiency and optimisation of your operations. This can be of particular value to data center owners as they look to improve their business as well as their own skill set.

    If you would like to enroll on a Cisco data center training course, visit our Cisco courses page and call Total Training Solutions today on 0800 612 1299 or email: info@tts-uk.com.

  • Are the new Cisco Data Centre certifications right for you?

    04 January 2013

    With many learning options and qualification routes available it can be difficult for the IT professional to know which is the right path to take. Deciding which qualification level or industry specific certificate to take is equally as challenging.

    The recent shake up from Cisco of their data centre accreditations adds another consideration to the mix. However Cisco claim their new set of qualifications provide the student with relevant, job-ready skills that are focused on the real-life tasks a data centre professional will perform.

    With up-to-date technologies and practises the new Cisco data centre certificates include modules on hardware components, specific maintenance programs, calibration, monitoring and evaluation of servers that operate within a data centre environment.

    From the employer’s perspective, these skills are invaluable. Employing certified and trained professionals to design, implement and support modern data centres is of huge benefit to any business and as such, an individual with these skills would be a valued asset.

    The new certificates aren’t for beginners either. Cisco believe those already working in the data centre field can benefit from the revamped qualifications. With the fast-paced and ever changing IT landscape and with the shift to the ‘cloud’, experienced data centre professionals will see their current roles and day-to-day tasks changing. The new Cisco certificates could arm them with the new knowledge needed to evolve with their job requirements in 2013 and beyond.

    If you are considering a career as a data centre professional, a Cisco data centre certificate could give you the starting point you need. Alternatively, if you feel a brush up on your existing data centre skills are what is needed to propel your career to the next step, take a look at the Cisco qualifications on offer from Total Training Solutions. If you need any help deciding which is the right one for you, call our friendly team on 0800 612 1299 or email any questions to info@tts-uk.com.

  • Who are Cisco?

    04 April 2014

    Born out of San Francisco, Cisco is a multinational corporation which designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment. Their products can be easily separated into three main categories: the corporate market, small businesses and the home user. This essentially means that Cisco has every potential user covered, making them one of the most successful and well-known corporations in the world. Whether it’s virtualisation software, routers, network storage systems or broadband, the chances are you have encountered or used Cisco technology at some point. And in a world where technology is at the forefront of every successful business, venture or career, Cisco qualifications are becoming more and more popular - sometimes as an alternative to costly university degrees.

    One of the most popular Cisco qualifications (and offered by Total Training Solutions), CCNA, is so sought after that individuals within the computer networking industry are usually expected to have a certification. Whether you have decades of networking experience, or are just branching out into the field, a CCNA certification can give you a more in-depth understanding of the concepts used, as well as being able to move higher up the career ladder, achieve other more advanced qualifications and even in certain circumstances be eligible for a salary increase.

    The training and testing of a CCNA certification have been specifically engineered to develop knowledge and skills, in order to add value to an organisation’s network. The exams evaluate ability in all areas, ensuring that only those who have truly gained something from the training are able to pass and make use of their qualification. Contrary to popular belief, the high number of engineers with a CCNA qualification is not a reflection on how easy it is to gain - but rather an indication of what it can teach those just starting out in the network business, and what it can do for their career.

    However, the CCNA is not the only Cisco qualification available. There are now dozens of alternative certifications, many of which are available from Total Training Solutions. Courses in specific areas of Cisco technology such as Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers or Implementing Cisco Data Centre Application Services are available for those with a more general Cisco knowledge and wanting to develop a particular skill. Boot Camp courses are ideal for those with a busy lifestyle who want a more concentrated version of the course.

    View the full range of Cisco courses offered through Total Training Solutions, or visit our course directory for all available qualifications. You can also contact us with any queries on 0800 612 1299 or at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Cisco certification levels

    10 April 2014

    Many of the highest paid professionals in the IT and networking industry are equipped with a Cisco certification, making it a highly desirable qualification. However at first glance, the number of Cisco qualifications available can be overwhelming - which one is right for you?

    As we mentioned last week, the system of Cisco certifications has been cleverly engineered, not only to ensure that those who achieve a qualification come away with the highest level of transferable skills and knowledge possible, but also to allow professionals at all levels to excel. The list of Cisco certifications available is divided into levels - Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert and Architect - generating an easily identifiable system of ability in Cisco technology and encouraging those who are already Cisco certified to want to move up the ladder.

    Entry level certifications, as the name would suggest, act as a starting point for those who want to begin a career as a networking professional. The CCENT (or Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification is one of two Entry certifications and teaches candidates how to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network - perfect for entry-level network support positions and a great foundation for a more successful networking career.

    The Associate level qualifications come in the form of CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) certifications, which all lead onto specific paths. After achieving an Entry level certification, individuals are then able to choose a skill set (network design, routing and switching, security etc.) and pursue an Associate level qualification in that field. This level of certification is ideal for those moving up the career ladder and beginning to specialise in a particular element of networking.

    The Professional level is more advanced, and demonstrates an expertise in the individual’s particular skill set. Again, this could be security, network design, network implementation, data centre or wireless focused. Examinations at this level test for a wider range of networking skills, and simultaneously for a deeper knowledge in all areas. As a result, a Professional qualification meets the needs of a greater variety of job roles, and makes for a more employable networking professional.

    Once you achieve a Professional level certification, you are then on track to achieve a CCIE (or Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert), one of the most prestigious networking certifications in the industry, and then an Architect accreditation - the highest level of certification in networking achievable. Qualifications at both levels demonstrate extreme skill and an ability which is recognised and sought after at some of the biggest and most renowned organisations world wide.

    If you are interested in entering the networking industry, and are looking for a qualification to help you get on your way, or indeed if you’re already a professional hoping to take the next step in your career, contact Total Training Solutions today to discuss the Cisco certifications we have available. Give us a call on 0800 612 1299 or send us a message through our website. Alternatively, you can visit our course directory to browse the full range of courses we have available.

  • Which Cisco path should I take?

    17 April 2014

    As we outlined last week, the system of Cisco certifications has been expertly engineered. The qualifications act as a ladder, moving from Entry to Architect level, and are split into several “paths”. Each path covers a different networking field, such as Security, Routing and Switching, Voice and Wireless LAN, allowing candidates to choose a field of study and move up the ladder in that field, generating an in-depth, specialised knowledge. However it can be difficult to choose which path to take.

    Many argue that Routing and Switching is the best route as it is the basis for all other certifications and at the core of all networking, regardless of technology. The Routing and Switching path begins with the basics of networking and builds up to more complex skills - planning, operating and troubleshooting complex, converged network infrastructures. Arguably, this is a more useful certification as a specialist knowledge in such a fundamental skill will always be sought after in the networking field, whereas demand for the other elements may fluctuate as technology changes and develops.

    The changes in technology over recent years have resulted in a boom in the popularity of security qualifications. Security engineers have responsibility for router, switch, networking device and appliance security, as well as choosing, deploying, supporting, and troubleshooting firewalls, VPNS, and IDS/IPS solutions for their networking environments. This type of security is becoming a much larger concern, with organisations willing to spend more time and money on ensuring maximum network safety. With more and more businesses being run electronically and most using cloud technology in their day-to-day operations, networking security is in high demand, and is becoming a highly profitable area of work.

    However, when questioning which route you should take, the answer should always be whichever one is right for you. Simply taking a route because it is profitable is likely not to get you very far, whereas choosing an area which you enjoy and in which you excel, will allow you to move further up both the Cisco certifications ladder, as well as the career ladder. The Cisco system of certifications is designed to motivate, rewarding knowledge and ability through prestigious qualifications, and a lack of passion for your field will only hold you back in this regard.

    If you’re still not sure which path to take, Cisco offers a short questionnaire to determine which certification is best for you and your career. View the list of Cisco certifications available through Total Training Solutions - we have an extensive list of choices, from Entry level to Specialist. You can also view our entire range by visiting the course directory page. If you have any questions about our range of Cisco certifications, or any other Total Training Solutions courses, call us on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Cisco entry level success stories

    24 April 2014

    Due to the structure of Cisco qualifications, and the emphasis on developing your skills to the highest level, it can be easy to assume that success in the networking field is only possible if you attain an Expert level certification. However this is not the case. Having a Cisco certification, regardless of level, on your CV has the potential to improve your career. The Cisco website has a number of success stories from those with Entry and Associate level certifications to demonstrate the ways in which a qualification with Cisco can turn your working life around…

    Adrian Cassar, a networking engineer for Budweiser in London, originally planned to pursue a degree in psychology, however he was beginning to feel as though he was lacking direction. After researching Cisco, he found a passion for networking and earned his CCNA certification. His Entry level qualification helped him get his current job at one of the biggest beverage companies in the world, and he is now working on implementing a wireless network at Budweiser’s London headquarters. He said,

    “Budweiser encourages certifications and gives time off for test taking and classes. At the end of the day, the company wants zero outages, and that’s where the knowledge that comes with certification and training is essential.”

    Cisco is not only recognised in the UK. Companies all over the globe hold Cisco in high regard, and a certification in Cisco can help you find a career anywhere in the world. Roosevelt Berry’s incredible success story, From Refugee to Cisco Certified Professional, maps a journey from a refugee camp in Ghana, where his first priority was “to keep the breath in my body” to his former home in Liberia, armed with both the knowledge and the skills to begin a career in networking. Roosevelt’s story demonstrates how a Cisco education can be the all-important stepping stone between a desire to learn more about the sector and building a career within it.

    Not everyone can work their way to an Expert level. And not everybody needs to. While Cisco encourages personal development, even the most basic level of certification requires talent and dedication, and most organisations are aware of the hard work put in by those with a certification on their CV, along with the practical skills they will be able to bring to the table. If you are interested in finding out more about what a Cisco qualification could do for you, contact Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299. View our full range of Cisco courses and if you have any enquiries you can always email us at info@tts-uk.com.

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