New Cisco Certifications Address Cloud, IoT Skills

Cisco has unveiled new certifications designed to help enterprise IT professionals develop skills they need as the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) begin to have more of an impact on various industries.

The first is the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) IoT certification. A lab-based training and certification offering that’s part of the CCNA Industrial Education curriculum, it targets plant administrators, control engineers and IT/network engineers working in manufacturing. It aims to equip these people with the knowledge and skills to build, managed and operate converged industrial networks.

“More than ever, our customers are experiencing the convergence of OT and IT on the plant floor, requiring the two organizations to work together to future-proof the development and maintenance of these new and complex network infrastructures,” said Glenn Goldney, global business manager, training services, Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Rockwell Automation. “Cisco and Rockwell Automation are addressing this challenge with training and certifications to help OT and IT professionals gain the skillset needed to build, manage and operate converged network architectures throughout The Connected Enterprise.”

Also available are CCNA Cloud and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Cloud certifications. These are designed to help IT pros build private and hybrid cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings. The CCNA Cloud certification prepares them to deliver entry-level provisioning and support of Cisco cloud and Intercloud services. The CCNP certification goes further, giving candidates the skills to explain cloud concepts and to design, deploy and maintain Cisco cloud and Intercloud services in complex environments.

“The technological changes we are seeing are unprecedented, both in terms of the opportunities they afford and the pace of change,” said Tejas Vashi, director, product strategy and marketing, Cisco Services. “Innovation is hampered when infrastructure lags, and new challenges arise as the world becomes more connected. The new certifications we are introducing enable IT personnel to handle current and future challenges with job role based training that drives business value for their employers.”

The new certifications expand the Silicon Valley giant’s Learning@Cisco curricula, which looks to:

  • connect the unconnected;
  • automate and orchestrate services; and
  • provide infrastructure to enable real-time data analytics.

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