Juniper took a big step forward in rounding out their certification programs by announcing a new Design Training and Certification curriculum, focusing on best practices and techniques that can be used across the spectrum of network architecture and design. Slated to be included in this program are also technologies around software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
This is a huge step forward for Juniper’s training and certification program and will round out their education portfolio with something similar to Cisco’s design certification. Furthermore with the advent of network automation, and SDN and NFV technologies becoming more commonplace, the benefits from such a training and certification curriculum can’t be overstated.
The design curriculum will eventually include a portfolio of training offerings, starting with the first course which is available now, the Juniper Networks Design Fundamentals course. These courses and their corresponding design certifications will focus on the latest techniques, resources and various tools that companies can use to fully design, secure, and automate their networks. Trainings will range all the way from design fundamentals on through to more advanced courses covering the design specific requirements of Data Center and WAN networks. The first certification, Juniper Networks Certified Design Associate (JNCDA) is available for registration now, and will eventually be followed by certifications at the Specialist level (JNCDS) and the Professional level (JNCDP).
This looks to be a very exciting offering indeed and should help those interested in Juniper technologies keep pace with the myriad new changes that are taking place in the networking world, and assist them in making proper design choices. I thoroughly look forward to analyzing these materials and providing an update to the community on these materials once I’ve had an opportunity to take a look at them.