For data center operators, software-defined infrastructure (SDI) has become one of the keys to IT agility. SDI turns rigid IT silos into fluid pools of resources that can be accessed on demand to meet the needs of a fast-moving business. So why aren’t more organizations there today? One reason we have heard from customers is a lack of relevant training.
While the benefits of SDI are proven, the road forward is often blocked by the types of skills deficits that are common with new and emerging technologies. For example, in the networking space, one survey found that a lack of knowledge and training was the third highest barrier to adoption of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, behind immature technology and existing networks and processes.1
At Intel, we want to help organizations remove the skills barriers that block the road to SDI. That’s a key goal of the new Intel® Builders University. This just-announced technical training program was created to serve as a resource to accelerate the adoption and deployment of SDI and virtualized technologies through education.
The Intel Builders University comprises three learning centers: Intel® Cloud Builders University, Intel® Network Builders University, and Intel® Storage Builders University. With these three learning centers, the Intel Builders University is an expansion of the successful Intel Builders programs and Intel Network Builders University. While still young, these existing networking learning resources have proven to be quite popular. The Intel Network Builders University started with 17 online courses and now has 40 courses, with more under development. We hope to see the same sort of momentum with our cloud and storage curriculums.
With the launch of Intel Builders University, Intel end-user customers and ecosystem partners, along with students of SDI, have easy access to a wide scope of topics that are relevant to SDI and cloud data centers. In addition to many networking-focused courses, the core curriculum includes topics ranging from cloud basics, cloud management, and cloud security to storage algorithms, storage virtualization, and containers.
There is minimal to no cost for the online training provided through Intel Builders University. Most of our content is complimentary with registration on the site, and all registered users can access content in any of the three universities. That said, in certain cases the Intel Builders University will offer in-person training and workshops that may have costs associated with attendance or may be restricted to members of an Intel Builders program. But otherwise, the educational resources are free and available for education around the globe.
The Intel Builders University isn’t a static program. It is continually growing and evolving, and we are always seeking the feedback of users. To facilitate this interaction, the University website has a feedback link on the main landing page, as well as within each training module. You can use these links to request new training modules, as well as to provide feedback on existing modules.
Personally, I’m very excited about the launch of Intel Builders University. It gives our end-user customers and ecosystem partners access to sorely needed technical training across cloud, network, and storage domains. This training will help individuals grow their skills in these areas, from both a personal and an organizational perspective. As their skill sets grow, they will be better prepared to integrate and deploy the new virtualization technologies that form the foundation for agile software-defined data centers, and they will be better positioned to gain the greatest value from the Intel technologies that are at the heart of many SDI solutions.
Ready to sharpen your SDI skills? You can register today for Intel Builders University at builders.intel.com/university.
1 Source: Infonetics SDN Service Provider Survey. July 2015.