HP Starts Training Program to Build Data Centers of the Future

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-20 Print this article Print

HP certainly is one of the few companies with the knowledge farm to put together such a comprehensive program.

Before an enterprise can build an expensive new-generation data center with a converged infrastructure, the CTO, CIO or IT manager needs to get the right training to see that the job gets done correctly.

Knowing all about this, Hewlett-Packard on Oct. 20 introduced at Interop New York what it claims to be the first converged infrastructure training and certification program to span the entire enterprise landscape-from networking, storage, servers and software to printing and personal computing.

HP certainly is one of the few companies with the knowledge farm to encompass all those IT sectors in order to put together a program like this.

In the HP ExpertONE program, IT pros (you don't have to be a C-level exec) can learn proven methodologies to upgrade old siloed, proprietary environments into scalable, open-standards networks and data centers.

At the same time, trainees can gain the skills and experience needed to architect, implement and manage the new IT across an enterprise.

It's all assumed that companies undertaking this training will be buying and using servers, storage and networking in HP's Converged Infrastructure product line, of course.

"Companies can no longer afford to operate their IT environments in silos-and not just cost impact, but also in performance, which is what we're seeing in this huge trend toward technology convergence in the data center," said David Foote, chief executive officer and chief research officer at Foote Research Group.

"There's been a void in 'converged skills' training programs: Too many certifications programs are still focused on specific servers, storage or networking technologies."

HP's new program is attempting to fill this void by offering comprehensive cross-domain training that spans every part of the converged enterprise data center, from architecture to maintenance, Foote said.

"From a skills acquisition perspective, this is where most IT organizations are heading. And they desperately need help to get there," Foote said.

ExpertONE includes a study of mixed-vendor environments, so companies can deploy the best technologies for their particular needs. As a result, businesses can focus fewer resources on maintenance activities and invest more on innovations that drive growth.

HP ExpertONE Fast Track programs give clients credit for existing certifications built around a single networking vendor. This enables IT professionals to expand their expertise while they speed up their learning cycle to build open networks and data center environments.

HP ExpertONE courses can be taken online, as self-study or in person in more than 150 recognized independent learning centers and academic institutions worldwide.

For reseller partners, ExpertONE enables technical and sales professionals to gain competencies in as little as one day for converged infrastructure.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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