SOURCE: The Linux Foundation

June 08, 2016 12:00 ET

New Course From The Linux Foundation and OpenDaylight Project Makes Open Networking Training More Accessible

As Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Adoption Grows, New Training Course Will Help Existing and New Network Administrators Stay up to Date

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - June 08, 2016) - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced its newest training course, LFS265 Software-Defined Networking (SDN) With OpenDaylight. This self-paced, online course is designed to provide network administrators and engineers, as well as system administrators who want to move into networking, with the skills necessary to manage an SDN deployment.

Many organizations, such as telecommunications companies, historically have not relied on software for their core business, but now find digital and technical skills essential. As software displaces many of the functions that hardware performs currently or performed in the past, more individuals with SDN skills will be needed. Open source is leading the charge in the growth of SDN and virtualization with the recent Open Source Jobs Report from The Linux Foundation and Dice finding that networking is the most in-demand knowledge area for 21 percent of hiring managers, second only to expertise with cloud technologies.

While generally tasked with maintaining network infrastructure, most network engineers have little or no experience with software virtualization. LFS265 aims to address this skills gap by providing the knowledge required to maintain an SDN deployment in a virtual networking environment. Application developers may also be interested in this course, as most are familiar with virtualization due to use of the cloud, but they lack an understanding of how to deploy applications in an SDN framework.

"Traditional networking and communications organizations realize hardware-based, proprietary systems are becoming outdated. The future of networking infrastructure is SDN and virtualization," said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. "We believe it is essential that we help professionals in these industries get up to speed with new technologies to ensure they have the skills to remain secure in their careers. This is the best way to train the next generation and ensure there is a enough talent to keep pace with future demands. As the home of SDN projects OpenDaylight and ONOS, The Linux Foundation is the logical organization to begin offering this type of training."

The Linux Foundation provides a neutral home for the provision of training for product and service companies, as well as technology projects, thanks to its close involvement in the open source community. Organizations and individuals in need of training can be confident that The Linux Foundation will provide the skills necessary not only to manage one particular distribution of a technology, but rather to broadly work with a type of technology.

LFS265 is available for enrollment now at the discounted price of $79 (regularly $149) for a limited time.

Supporting Quotes

"As the networking industry starts to move into full swing of SDN adoption, training has become a fundamental part of augmenting the traditional skill-sets needed to making the transition a success," said Marco Alves, director of education services at SDN Essentials. "Classes such the Linux Foundation's 'SDN Fundamentals' provide a vendor agnostic view on the technology and help people take the first steps into an exciting new way of doing network design and deployment. The topics covered let students easily understand the basic concepts from a neutral and open perspective."

"Access to rich training resources is just one benefit offered by The Linux Foundation," said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight, a Linux Foundation hosted project. "The networking industry in particular is in great need of skilled IT talent ready to take today's networks to the next level, especially when it comes to newer virtualization technologies like SDN and NFV. I encourage anyone interested in being part of networking's transformation to take advantage of this course and join the OpenDaylight community in the march toward more open, programmable networks."

"The fate of technology companies in the knowledge-based era rests on their ability to continuously improve their communications infrastructure and talent pool," says Mathieu Lemay, CEO of Inocybe Technologies Inc. "We are happy to partner with the Linux Foundation to create a vendor-neutral avenue for innovative companies to acquire the introductory skills they need to get started in the OpenDaylight Project."

"The LFS265 SDN course demonstrates The Linux Foundation's continued support for sharing quality, unbiased training to benefit the developer and networking community," said Dr. Guru Parulkar, executive director, ONOS, a Linux Foundation hosted project. "Education is the key to growing the SDN professional talent that service providers are depending upon to bring the industry up to speed on the latest technologies, overcome SDN challenges, evolve service provider networks, and ultimately safeguard the future of the industry. By working with projects like ONOS and ODL to offer SDN-dedicated training, The Linux Foundation is fast-tracking what we need to take true SDN to the mainstream."

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world's top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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