Red Hat Announces New Red Hat Certified Architect Concentrations

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it is enhancing its Red Hat Certification program with the addition of three new Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) concentrations. The concentrations are focused on the company’s datacenter, cloud, and application platforms and are designed to help personnel on their journey to becoming a RHCA – the highest level of certification offered by Red Hat.

Today, enterprise architecture includes traditional datacenters, hybrid clouds, and other solutions. The new RHCA concentrations are tracks, recommended by Red Hat, that are designed to prove and verify technical professionals’ skills and knowledge on Red Hat solutions for each of these solutions.

To earn the title of RHCA, one must attain Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) status and acquire at least five of the eligible certifications, each of which cover different product and solution areas. Participants select the concentration they wish to focus on.

The Datacenter concentration includes:

  • Securing Red Hat systems against unauthorized access
  • Enhancing logging, auditing, and identity management capabilities
  • Deploying and managing virtualization infrastructure, hosts, and guests
  • Implementing high availability services on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Using the on-premise capabilities of Red Hat Storage Server
  • Deploying applications using Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP)
  • Managing multiple systems using Red Hat Satellite

The Cloud concentration includes:

  • Creating, configuring, and managing private clouds using Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
  • Managing virtual, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructures with Red Hat CloudForms
  • Creating, configuring, and managing a cloud application platform with OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat
  • Implementing flexible storage solutions for on-premise and hybrid clouds
  • Managing multiple systems using Red Hat Satellite

The Application platform concentration includes:

  • Installing, configuring, and managing Red Hat JBoss EAP and the applications running on it
  • Creating, configuring, and managing a cloud application platform with OpenShift Enterprise
  • Federating data from multiple source using Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization
  • Managing applications in hybrid cloud environments

The Red Hat certification program also offers a portal that provides online verification, the ability to search for certified individuals, and other services. Prospective employers and clients can use the portal to verify an individual’s credentials and find qualified professionals who can help them get the most out of their IT infrastructure. Only certifications and certificates that are considered current are reported, verified, or found through a search. Red Hat Certified Professionals must agree to Terms and Conditions and map their certification IDs to have their information displayed.

A Red Hat certification provides validation of knowledge and expertise that is beneficial to both individuals and their employers. The certification program gives employers and managers ways to find and develop qualified professionals. It also helps individuals prove their skills with Red Hat’s solutions.


AWS Webcast – Amazon EC2 Container Service Deep Dive

Container technology, particularly Docker, has been very popular over the last year. At AWS, our customers have been running Linux containers at scale for several years, and we are increasingly seeing customers adopt Docker, especially as they build loosely coupled distributed applications. However, to do so, they have had to run their own cluster management solutions, deal with configuration management, and manage their containers and associated metadata. We believe that those capabilities should be a core building block technology, just like Amazon EC2. Amazon EC2 Container Service is a new AWS service that makes it easy to run and manage Docker-enabled distributed applications across a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. EC2 Container Service allows you to define, schedule, and stop sets of containers, provides you complete cluster state information, and allows you to scale your applications without worrying about cluster or configuration management. In this session, we will discuss why we built EC2 Container Service, explain some of the core concepts, and walk you through how you can use the service for your applications.


Software Defined Networking (SDN) Training

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Cloud Computing

US Army moving education content to cloud for better access

Eighteen months ago, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command began migrating education content to the dotcom cloud, a commercially operated bank of servers.

This is a significant step for several reasons.

The Army is currently a Common Access Card-enabled, Windows-based devices operating environment. That means Soldiers can’t access much of the training and education content from home or other places when they’re using non Windows-based mobile devices, said Helen A. Remily, Training and Doctrine Command’s, or TRADOC’s, capability manager for the Army Distributed Learning Program, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

The commercial cloud allows them a broader capability to access content via their personally owned devices, such as Apple iOS and Android mobile devices, she added.

“Given information-technology advances, Soldiers expect the ability to access learning content regardless of the type of mobile device they own,” she said. “Today’s generation of Soldiers and leaders have a high expectation of persistent access to learning content from a reliable network, independent of their location.”

Gen. David Perkins, TRADOC commander, is behind the program.

“During the downsizing of our force, it is critical to develop our leadership effectively,” he said after assuming command in March.

Leadership development and technical training are at the heart of TRADOC’s mission, and delivering learning content to develop leadership competencies in the most efficient and effective way is critical, said Remily.

That delivery just got a whole lot better.


Remily laid out the timeline:
After conducting a 12-month proof of concept, which concluded in December 2013, TRADOC created a commercial cloud learning environment and migrated all of the non-sensitive distributed learning content for the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to the commercial cloud. This has been a highly successful endeavor with approximately 5,000 students attending annually as part of their professional military education. This has also produced significant savings for the Army.

Within the next three months, the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, will also migrate their learning content to the commercial cloud, and by the end of this calendar year, the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, will also migrate content.

The future plan is for other Army schools to migrate learning content to the commercial cloud learning environment, Remily said, with discussions underway with the Army School of Music, Army Chaplain Center and School, the Defense Language Institute, and the Army Management Staff College, which oversees the Army’s civilian education system. More will follow.

Students at the Command and General Staff College have already provided very positive feedback, she noted. They value the flexibility of distributed learning and being able to use their personal mobile devices. They also like the social learning aspect of having a dotcom learning environment with peer to peer interactions through threaded discussions, blogs, etc.

Many students who previously did not have a reach-back capability to access relevant content after graduation now do, she added.

For example, Soldiers in the Individual Ready Reserve don’t have CACs. Also, foreign nationals who attend schools often receive temporary CACs, however, they must return them after graduation from Command and General Staff College and the War College. Before going to the commercial cloud, they did not have reach-back access to the content.

Remily spent most of her 32 years government career with military intelligence and counter-terrorism fields before coming to TRADOC, so she has an abiding appreciation for information technology, known as IT, security concerns.

TRADOC “is working very closely with the [Army’s Chief Information Office] community to help design and field an Army-persistent learning capability that doesn’t compromise the network,” she said.

The Army Chief Information Office’s “primary mission is protecting the Army’s network, so they are risk-averse, as they should be,” she continued. “Many of our adversaries are tech-savvy and use technology against us as they don’t have the regulations and laws that we must follow.”

On the other hand, Remily said content should be protected only at the level that’s necessary and no more.

“There’s no need to over-protect our content as this leads to challenges with accessibility of training and education products and material. It comes down to balancing accessibility and that of security and risk mitigation,

Moving education content to the cloud is actually good news for the Chief Information Office.

“Migrating content off of the Army’s network automatically increases the operational network bandwidth because you don’t have large packets of training and education information flowing back and forth across that network,” she explained.

There’s a lot of sensitive military occupational specialty-type training that won’t go to the cloud, but in the future, it may be possible to do so as commercial cloud-computing has provisions for CAC-enabled authentication

Despite a tight budget, the future for cloud migration looks promising.

Currently, the TRADOC Project Office for Mobile Devices, which is managing the integration of mobile computing throughout TRADOC, is only temporary.

Recently, TRADOC gained approval for a permanent office to manage the effort. It will be known as TRADOC’s Capability Manager for Mobile and it will fall under the Army’s Distributed Learning Program.

The new office, she said, will address policy, governance, infrastructure and devices. More importantly it will assist us in identifying mobile content (to include mobile apps) that should migrate and better enable accessibility via personally owned mobile devices.

Because of the resource issues, “we’re re-purposing current positions” to establish the new organization, meaning no new hires.

“This is a big move for the Army,” she said. “We’ll start with TRADOC to get this right and then support other Army organizations.”

In a concluding remark, Col. Charles Harris, TRADOC G-6 deputy chief of staff, said last week that the Army chief of staff’s strategic priority is developing adaptive leaders for a complex world.

“The Army must seek solutions balancing national defense information security and the need for Soldiers’ unlimited access to training and education content, products and services through mobile devices and adaptive wireless networks,” Harris said.

Certifications Server Virtualization

Free Training: VMware vSphere 5.1: What’s New Course

This training course explores new features in VMware vCenter Server™ 5.1 and VMware ESXi™ 5.1.

By the end of the course, you should gain an understanding and should be able to implement the following new functions and features of VMware vSphere® 5.1:

  • Compute and Storage
    • Support for hardware version 9, the latest CPU performance counters and virtual shared graphics acceleration designed for enhanced performance.
    • For better space efficiency vSphere supports storage space reclamation for VDI.
  • Network
    • Support for VXLAN
    • Enhanced vSphere Distributed Switch™ that supports:
    • Network health check
    • Backup and restore
    • Rollback and recovery
    • Link Aggregation Control Protocol support
    • Single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV)
  • Availability
    • VMware vSphere vMotion® without the need for shared storage configurations.
    • VMware vSphere Data Protection for simple and cost effective backup and recovery,
    • vSphere Replication enables efficient array-agnostic replication of virtual machine data over the LAN or WAN.
  • Security: Inclusion VMware vShield Endpoint™ to eliminate the agent footprint from the virtual machines, offload intelligence to a security virtual appliance, and run scans with minimal impact.
  • Automation: Two new methods for deploying new vSphere hosts to an environment make the Auto Deploy™ process more highly available than ever before.
  • VMware vCenter Enhancements:
    • vSphere Web Client
    • vCenter Single Sign-On
    • VSA enhancements
    • Support for Additional Disk Drives
    • Increase Storage Capacity Online
    • vCenter running on the VSA Cluster

Prerequisites: Attendance at one of these VMware vSphere 5.0 courses:

  • Install, Configure, Manage
  • Fast Track
  • What’s New
  • Or equivalent vSphere 5.0 administration experience
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VCP-510 Practice Exams

VCP5-510: ESXi Host Compute and Memory Maximums Online Exam – VMware vSphere 5.0

This VMware vSphere 5.0 quiz contains questions about configuration maximums related to ESXi host compute and Memory.

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VCP-510 Practice Exams

VCP5-510: Virtual Machine Maximums Online Exam – VMware vSphere 5.0

This VMware vSphere 5.0 VCP-510 online practice exam contains questions about configuration maximums related to virtual machines (VMs). The quiz will test your knowledge about Virtual Machine Maximums as it relates to RAM, CPUs, adapters, controllers and networking devices on a VM.

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Cloud Computing

Dell PartnerDirect Introduces Cloud Services & Solutions Certification

Dell announced today a Cloud Services & Solutions Certification for PartnerDirect channel partners that will enable them to provide cloud services & solutions to customers based on both Dell technology and their own technology services.

Today, many organizations are living with complex, overgrown computing platforms that are underutilized, take up valuable data center floor space, consume large amounts of power and cooling resources, and are not easy to manage.

“Organizations, of all sizes, are looking to implement cloud computing solutions to align efficiency and deliver business results. We have created a certification practice area with choice and flexibility that will solidify partners’ value to the end customer. We invested the time and resources to fully understand the cloud solutions our partners need to provide in the market,” said Bob Skelley, executive director, Dell Global Certified Partner Program & Channel.

This new certification, available now in North America, in Europe 12 April and soon worldwide, is the result of many months of thoughtful collaboration with Dell’s partners and industry analysts to ensure it met the needs of many different types of cloud computing offerings, without over complication.

“Dell has continued to listen to us over the course of our partnership and the creation of this certification program. They took the time to understand our concerns as a global cloud provider and find a way to go to market together that strengthens both of our businesses and adds value to our customers,” said Dante Orsini, vice president business development, iland.

“Dell is also making it easy for partners to demonstrate their infrastructure-related skills by accepting their membership in channel programs of recognized vendors in technology areas of security, networking and virtualization,” said Anurag Agrawal, CEO, Techaisle.

Recent research by Dell Cloud Business Applications and Techaisle* showed that customers are looking for a trusted IT partner who has evaluated the right cloud applications for their businesses. Dell understands that sometimes that partner might be a value added reseller, and therefore has created this new certification.

“As a company that provides multiple cloud computing solutions, including Cloud Continuity, Replication, Secure Archive, and Backup, with Dell technology, we’re happy to see Dell recognizing that their channel partner needs vary. Dell has created multiple pillars to meet those needs that strategically align with our own cloud service offerings, enabling us to provide greater value to our customers and prospects alike,” said David Menendes, director of Business Development & Sales, Cloud and Hosted Services, VeriStor Systems, Inc.

The Cloud Services & Solutions Certification is comprised of three primary pillars in providing cloud services and solutions:

  • Cloud Builder – The Partner that operates as a Cloud Builder will offer all the necessary services to design and develop a cloud infrastructure for their customers.
  • Cloud Provider – A Cloud Provider will operate a cloud networking operating center (NOC) enabled with Dell technology to provide cloud services to their customers. These include: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS).
  • Cloud Service Enabler – A Cloud Service Enabler acts as an aggregator or broker identifying, securing and integrating the appropriate set of cloud technologies and services from multiple sources and operates the resulting cloud for their customers through a set of managed services.

In addition to receiving Certified (Preferred or Premier) Partner level pricing and existing Preferred or Premier Partner benefits, partners who provide or wish to provide cloud services and solutions to their customers will receive additional benefits such as:

  • Preferred access to Dell’s current and future cloud services and solution offers
  • Attractive financing options to provide alternative acquisition options
  • Participation in cloud-focused marketing campaigns and access to co-Marketing funds
  • Partner-to-Partner Eco-System: Representation as a Certified Cloud Services & Solutions provider in the Find-A-Partner tool
  • Engagement by Dell account teams for co-selling/joint opportunities through the Find-A-Partner tool