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Advanced OpenStack Network Virtualization Training and Certification Now Available via New PLUMgrid University

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 8, 2015 — PLUMgrid, a leader of secure and scalable software defined networking solutions for OpenStack® clouds, is launching an advanced training and certification program tailored to organizations that want to accelerate the mastery of SDN-based OpenStack clouds among their network engineers and cloud architects.

PLUMgrid University’s comprehensive curriculum on OpenStack networking, teaches IT professionals how to move beyond the basic networking “starter kit” that comes with OpenStack and move up to designing, building and operating enterprise-wide scalable and secure virtual network infrastructures based on OpenStack. Courses at PLUMgrid University are taught by the company’s senior OpenStack networking experts, who collectively have trained over 1,000 cloud engineers and architects who, in turn, have implemented more than 70 OpenStack clouds around the globe.

Designed as a blend of theory and comprehensive hands-on labs, the Advanced OpenStack Networking Certification program addresses virtual networking design and technology principles; multi-tenancy; and advanced deployment scenarios for OpenStack networking. Students will deeply explore the implications of the transition from physical networking to virtual networking and consider the implications in terms of security, high availability, manageability and more. Students who achieve PLUMgrid University’s Advanced OpenStack Networking Certification will have the knowledge and skills to play a significant role in planning for and accelerating deployments of OpenStack clouds in their organizations.

“OpenStack is clearly now a global phenomenon offering organizations the opportunity to create an IT infrastructure that can far more quickly respond to the organic nature of today’s business demands through easy-to-use software,” said Valentina Alaria, Senior Director of Product and Solutions Marketing at PLUMgrid. “But to get there, enterprises need to develop internal expertise in OpenStack networking. PLUMgrid University offers the industry’s first and only advanced OpenStack networking certification program and helps organizations develop in-house OpenStack networking experts who can lead the way to a successful OpenStack deployment.”

PLUMgrid offers virtual as well as classroom-based training. OpenStack networking engineers, cloud architects, DevOps engineers, SDN engineers and members of network operations teams and product teams are encouraged to apply. Class schedules and registration information is available at PLUMgrid University and via the OpenStack MarketPlace.

Supporting Quotes

“As a leader in technology consulting and education, Firefly offers one of the strongest curriculums for the OpenStack community with the LaunchPadTM program, which builds cloud expertise and knowledge for enterprise IT. By partnering with PLUMgrid University, Firefly is excited to help deliver training for organizations needing increased subject matter expertise to speed the adoption of OpenStack into their business.”
—William Kozlowski, director of business development, Firefly

“The importance of the networking component of OpenStack deployment cannot be overstated, and SDN continues to be a key part of enabling organizations to build, operate, and automate OpenStack clouds. Our partnership with PLUMgrid to offer in-depth training with hands-on labs is a huge step forward for the OpenStack community to have a strong curriculum that crosses multiple OpenStack distros. We look forward to training students so they can achieve PLUMgrid’s Advanced OpenStack Network certification.”
— Marco Alves, Head of Education Services, SDN Essentials

About PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) for OpenStack

PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack is a comprehensive software suite that enables secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure. Deployed by service providers and enterprises in more than 70 OpenStack clouds, PLUMgrid ONS provides terabits of scale out performance, production grade resiliency and secure multi-tenancy for hybrid data centers. Built on PLUMgrid Platform® and IO Visor® technology, the software suite lets users create private Virtual Domains to provide isolation, security and policy enforcement across tenants. Designated as OpenStack Compatible by the OpenStack Foundation, PLUMgrid ONS supports industry’s broadest set of OpenStack distributions and installers including Huawei Compass, Mirantis OpenStack, Rackspace Private Cloud, RDO, Red Hat OpenStack, and Ubuntu OpenStack by Canonical.

About PLUMgrid

PLUMgrid is the leader of secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure solutions for OpenStack clouds. PLUMgrid delivers industry leading software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions that enable modern data centers to connect tenants, applications and workloads efficiently across hypervisors, virtualized, container and bare metal architectures. PLUMgrid is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and is funded by venture capital and strategic investors. Visit, read the PLUMgrid blog and follow the company on Twitter @PLUMgrid.

About Firefly

Firefly focuses on accelerating technology adoption through our proven education model. Our mission is to use education to clearly demonstrate to customers how technology solutions can bring competitive advantages to their business. Firefly’s Launchpad Programs are designed specifically to accelerate knowledge on emerging technologies. Our classes and content are designed to give IT professionals vital architectural knowledge in the shortest possible timeframe to help them drive innovation within their organizations by making faster, better, and more confident decisions.


2015-10-08 12:59:00