Building Next-Generation Data Center

6 week online course

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Building Next-Generation Data Center

This 6-module online course will give you all the knowledge (and confidence) you need to design and implement modern data center and private cloud infrastructure.

Is This You?

  • Network architect, technical pre-sales engineer, or similar senior, technical leader role
  • Responsible for designing and building the next-generation data center for your company or your customers
  • Work on the next generation of enterprise products and services
  • Have limited time in your schedule to stay up to date, separate truth from vendor hype, and evaluate the true impact of new technologies
  • Want to avoid expensive solutions and untested technologies that benefit vendors more than the end-users
Brad Casemore, Research Director, Datacenter Networks, IDC
Ivan Pepelnjak has forgotten more about networking than most people will ever know. Fortunately, he's only forgotten the bits and protocols that are obsolete and irrelevant, retaining and expanding his ample knowledge in the areas that matter.

Do You Have These Challenges?

  • You were asked to design or build a state-of-the-art private or hybrid cloud infrastructure;
  • You don't want to make decisions based on biased information like vendor design guidelines;
  • You have to design optimal solutions without knowing the capacity, flexibility or reliability requirements;
  • You have to balance proven networking designs and architectures with the latest hyped-up technologies;
  • You're wondering whether technologies like whitebox switching or network automation apply to your environment;
  • Your CxO talks about containers and Docker, and you're wondering how they'll impact your infrastructure.
Matej Rehak, Systems Engineer at CSC Austria GmbH. participated in Autumn 2016 session
It was an excellent course. I really increased my knowledge about designing DC networks. Definitely worth the investment and yes, I would highly recommend this course to my colleauges. Looking forward to your upcoming courses Ivan.

How Is This Course Different?

  • Transparent and Vendor neutral, based on more than 25 years of design and deployment experiences;
  • Focused on real-world problems and optimal solutions, not technologies and products promoted by individual vendors;
  • Includes sample designs from existing next-generation data centers;
  • Meet other participants with the exact same challenges;
  • Discuss your challenges with other participants and the instructors, and get immediate feedback;
  • Gain personal access to experts with real-world experience of building the next-generation data center.

Topics covered

  • Collecting the requirements
  • Impact of server virtualization techniques (VMs, containers)
  • Software-defined storage and its impact on network infrastructure
  • Virtualized networks and network services
  • Building optimal data center fabric
  • Private and hybrid clouds
  • Active-active and disaster recovery scenarios
Kurt Bales, Manager, Network Engineering at Twitter
Ivan has assisted me with several designs both for customers and those of a more conceptual nature. Ivan has also assisted me greatly with developing some of my technical presentations, acting as both inspiration and technical reviewer. Ivan brings with him a rich background in computer networking and a wealth of knowledge and experience that helps to pinpoint potential problems even in newer technologies. I would happily work with Ivan again on any projects that suited his experience (I'm yet to find a networking project that doesn't).

With This Course You'll Get

6 module certification course

  • Downloadable recordings of guest speaker presentations with Q&A discussions;
  • Access to webinars and other materials related to every course module;
  • Reading lists and case studies;
  • In-depth content for additional self-study.
  • Signed certificate-of-completion document for your career documentation files.

Community

  • Access to Slack discussion group: work together & share experiences;
  • Membership in a private community: stay in touch long after the course & expand your network;
  • Group & individual assignments: work together & solve tough problems.

Access to experts

  • Connect and discuss your challenges with experts in the networking field;
  • Real world case studies.

Support & guidance

  • Free email support with next-business-day turnaround within a year of your purchase;
  • Slack group discussions;
Daniel Verlouw, Network consultant at YaWorks
Thoroughly enjoyed the course from start to finish! Both Ivan and his speakers are a joy to listen to and give valuable advice. I would highly recommend it to everyone who wants to learn more about state of the art DCs, public/private/hybrid clouds and virtualisation, not only about the technical aspects but also organisation, culture, methodologies, processes, risks, etc. It definitely was an eye-opener in some areas and will be a big help to me in my job going forward. The course is quite intensive and you have to put in a lot of hours studying the available course materials and working on the team assignments, so no messing around!

Want to know more?

Explore the detailed course agenda which includes:

  • Description of individual modules
  • Information on guest speakers
  • Recommended study materials

Start Now

The Spring 2018 live online course started on April 25th, so you’re a bit late…but we have a special offer - you can register for the mentored version of the course, and start immediately.

After registering for the course, you’ll be able to access all the course materials, including the recordings of live sessions taking place in May and June 2018, complete your hands-on exercises, and be ready to implement modern data center and/or private cloud infrastructure in a few months.

Mentored online class

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Mentored self-paced course $ 1290.00Register

Logistics Details

How much time will you need:

  • Each module includes 20 - 30 hours of self-study materials, guest speaker presentations, and Q&A discussions;
  • Plan to spend an additional day or two per module on group work and design assignments;

Guest Speakers

Live sessions of this course included numerous guest speakers and extensive Q&A discussions. When joining this course, you'll be able to enjoy presentations from these experts:

Guest Speakers – Spring 2018

Chris WahlChris Wahl has acquired over a decade of IT experience in enterprise infrastructure design, service orchestration, and building policy-based automation tasks. He has provided architectural and engineering expertise in a variety of virtualization, data center, and public cloud based engagements while working with high performance technical teams on global reaching environments

More about Chris…

Ed HorleyEd Horley is the VP of Engineering at Groupware Technology. Prior to his current role as a VP of Engineering, Ed was the Practice Manager for Cloud Solutions with extensive expertise in the design and deployment of cloud solutions.

Ed is still a current AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate, a well-known advocate and educator for the IPv6 protocol, and a featured speaker at networking and IT conferences around the world. He authored Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators from Apress and several IPv6 courses for Pluralsight.

More about Ed…

Michele ChubirkaMichele Chubirka, also known as Mrs. Y, is a recovered Unix engineer with a focus on DevSecOps, cloud and product security. She likes long walks in hubsites, writing user stories, and spending extended hours in the Bat Cave. She believes every problem can be solved with a "for" loop.

You can find her ruminations on information security and life at http://postmodernsecurity.com. When not blogging or podcasting, she can be found using up her 15 minutes in the Twittersphere or Google+ as @MrsYisWhy.

Russ WhiteRuss White (CCIE #2635, CCDE 2007:001, CCAr) has more than twenty years' experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks. Across that time, he has co-authored more than forty software patents, has spoken at venues throughout the world, has participated in the development of several internet standards, has helped develop the CCDE and the CCAr, and has worked in Internet governance with the ISOC. Russ is currently a member of the Architecture Team at LinkedIn.

Guest Speakers – Spring 2017

Andrew LernerAndrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research focused on enterprise networking. Mr. Lerner covers network architecture and strategy, including data center networking, WAN, and application delivery controllers. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Lerner worked as a Senior Network Engineer and Architect, with responsibility for network architecture, design and implementation at a Fortune 1000 financial services organization for 9+ years.

More about Andrew…

Ed HorleyEd Horley is the VP of Engineering at Groupware Technology. Prior to his current role as a VP of Engineering, Ed was the Practice Manager for Cloud Solutions with extensive expertise in the design and deployment of cloud solutions.

Ed is still a current AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate, a well-known advocate and educator for the IPv6 protocol, and a featured speaker at networking and IT conferences around the world. He authored Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators from Apress and several IPv6 courses for Pluralsight.

More about Ed…

Matthias LuftMatthias Luft is a security researcher and heads the German security research company ERNW Research. He is interested in a broad range of topics (such as DLP, virtualization/cloud, and network security) while keeping up with the daily consulting and assessment work.

Scott LoweScott Lowe is a well-known author, blogger, speaker, podcaster (the Full Stack Journey podcast), and a 20+ year veteran of the IT industry. Scott has held a variety of roles over the course of his career, ranging from entry-level desktop support to CTO for a small start-up. He's currently an engineering architect on the NSX team at VMware, Inc., focusing on network virtualization, cloud computing, and related open source projects.

More about Scott…

Simon_RichardSimon Richard is a Research Director and Agenda Manager on the Gartner for Tech Professionals research team. He primarily covers data center and cloud networking. Mr. Richard focuses on helping customers evolve their data center architecture and management practices by leveraging new technologies, such as network virtualization, software-defined network (SDN), Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) and Ethernet fabrics.

Stephen FoskettStephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. His contributions to the enterprise IT community have earned him recognition as both a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert. He can be found online at TechFieldDay.com, blog.FoskettS.net, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

More about Stephen…

Thomas_WackerThomas Wacker, Dr.sc.nat, has been architecting and engineering IP networks since early 1990s. He's held various positions with consultancies, providers and enterprises, focusing on network architecture, network automation, and security. Throughout his career, he’s followed his keen interest in what makes network technologies, designs and projects successful in fulfilling expectations. Most recently he's a member of the core design team for UBS' next generation network infrastructure program. He enjoys sharing his experience and insights into network topics in company trainings as well as at public events like DIGS.

Guest Speakers – Autumn 2016

Marjan BradeškoMarjan Bradeško, M.Sc., is Director of Learning Content Development at NIL Data Communications. He has always enjoyed helping people to achieve their competencies sharing his knowledge and experience through lectures and writing. As an enthusiastic instructor, presenter, speaker and proficient learning expert he has created and delivered numerous learning solutions. In the past years he has been a sales professional in content development, adding sales skills on top of more than two decades of technical experience in IT and networking (he is CCIE Emeritus #1556).

More about Marjan…

Elisa JasinskaElisa Jasinska has been automating large-scale networks for almost 10 years. She started her career at AMS-IX and was later involved in setting up various other Internet Exchanges. She implemented numerous traffic accounting and automation solutions for Internet Exchanges and CDN’s, she is actively involved in the internet community and regularly presents at conferences such as NANOG and RIPE.

Howard MarksIn over 25 years as an independent consultant Howard Marks built and/or reengineered server and storage infrastructures and networks for organizations from Borden Foods and The State University of New York at Purchase to accounting and law firms. He started testing and reviewing products at PC Magazine in the late 80s and has written hundreds of articles and product reviews for Network World, Network Computing and InformationWeek amongst others.

More about Howard…

Russ WhiteRuss White (CCIE #2635, CCDE 2007:001, CCAr) has more than twenty years' experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks. Across that time, he has co-authored more than forty software patents, has spoken at venues throughout the world, has participated in the development of several internet standards, has helped develop the CCDE and the CCAr, and has worked in Internet governance with the ISOC. Russ is currently a member of the Architecture Team at LinkedIn.

Ethan BanksEthan Banks is a 20+ year IT veteran who’s worked in enterprises as a consultant, engineer, and architect. Ethan co-hosts the technical Packet Pushers podcast on data networking, and Datanauts podcast on infrastructure engineering heard by thousands of engineers every week. Follow him on Twitter @ecbanks, and find out more about him at PacketPushers.net and EthanCBanks.com.

Mitja RobasMitja Robas (IT architect at NIL) is a data center expert, with more than fifteen years of experience in designing, implementing and supporting high-demand data centers, and complex networks and virtualization solutions deployed all over the world. Apart from field and consulting engineer role, he acts also as an instructor and content developer for specialized courses and workshops, sharing his knowledge with engineers around the world. Recently he's been focusing on all-flash storage, HCI, SDN, automation and cloud computing, exercising his curiosity in testing and analyzing those solutions.

At a Glance

  • High-intensity online course;
  • 6-module course you can complete in 2-3 months;
  • Guest speaker presentations;
  • Design assignments and group work;
  • Final course completion certificate.

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