Citrix Certification: Relevant Skills, Real Value

Every organization sees the value in the cloud and in virtualization. But not every organization has been able to optimize their efforts in getting there. Virtualization is changing the way the world works, and changing the way IT works to support it. Any organization that has virtualized their IT environment sees increased efficiency and cost savings from employees who can work anywhere, on any client. Because of this, the adoption of virtualization is growing. It is predicted that the desktop virtualization market will add 50 million new virtual desktops and generate $1.5B in additional revenue by next year. The leading desktop virtualization solution is Citrix XenDesktop*.

Below I list out my five top reasons why virtualization should be a top priority of any IT department:

  1. Fewer physical servers. Hardware costs and their associated maintenance costs are greatly reduced when there is less physical hardware to maintain.
  2. Efficient data center utilization. When you consolidate the number of servers, you are effectively removing them from your data center, freeing up space in the data center that can now be used more efficiently.
  3. Maintain application integrity. Each application can be housed within its own virtual server, so updating or changing one application has no impact on other applications.
  4. Scalability. Once a standard virtual server is built, it can be easily duplicated. Duplicating an already built server significantly speeds up server deployment and makes your job faster and easier.
  5. Multiple operating systems, one hardware platform. Again, this makes your job faster and easier. You can deploy multiple operating systems on multiple clients, from your single hardware platform.

Citrix XenDesktop is a desktop virtualization solution that turns desktops into secure on-demand service available to any user, anywhere, on any device. It allows IT teams to deliver individual Windows, web, SaaS applications, or full virtual desktop, all with a HD user experience, to any client. Citrix XenApp empowers users with on-demand self-service to enterprise applications. Citrix XenDesktop delivers increased data security, simplified IT administration, and lower IT costs.

XenApp is an application delivery solution, enabling any Windows application to be virtualized, centralized, and managed in a datacenter, and delivered as a service to users anywhere on any device.

Virtual application delivery lets the IT team manage a single instance of each application in the datacenter. As opposed to having a license for each application for each user.  Applications can be delivered via streaming an application, or run on high-powered servers in the datacenter for online use, from any operating system on any device.

It is critical that the talent pool keep up with the growing need for safe and effective virtualization. Citrix certification equips you with highly sought-after skills, giving you an edge in the job market (weather you are looking  or not!).

 

*Information from http://training.citrix.com/cms/education/general/desktop-virtualization-the-benefits-are-real/?lang=en

The Impact of the Cloud on IT

The opportunity for cloud-skilled IT professionals continues to grow. Global enterprises are adopting the cloud at an ever-increasing rate, and are only being slowed by the limited number of IT professionals skilled in cloud computing. If businesses are moving to the cloud, that means jobs are too: there is a 92% higher demand for cloud related skills in 2013 versus 2012. Are your skills in demand?

There are currently 1.7 unfilled cloud-related IT jobs, and 61% of hiring managers are concerned about the availability of cloud skills in the job marketplace. One of the top three reasons cloud computing positions go unfilled is lack of relevant certification. Do you have the latest certifications? Unitek Education offers courses and boot camps that get IT professionals certified, and ready for the job market or career advancement.

View our infographic on cloud skills in the IT job marketplace here: IT Cloud Impact

Microsoft Certification Pathways

Certification Roadmap

Certification Roadmap

Microsoft Server Certifications

Server Certification Pathway

Server Certification Pathway

Learn more about the MSCE here:

MCSE Desktop Infrastructure

 MCSE Server Infrastrucutre

MCSE Private Cloud

MCSE Communications

MCSE Messaging

MCSE SharePoint

Microsoft Database Certifications

Microsoft Database Certification Pathway

Navigate Microsoft Database Pathway Certification with Unitek Education, a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner.

 

MCSA SQL Server 2012

Validate your expertise in SQL Server 2012 – earn an MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification. Unitek Education’s MCSA: SQL Server 2012 Boot Camp provides the hands-on experience and technical expertise to empower students to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 database, create a data warehouse, implement ETL with SQL Server Integration Services, and validate and cleanse data.

This boot camp prepares students for three exams: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (461), Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (462), and Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (463). Successful completion of these exams certifies the student as a Microsoft Ceritified Solutions Associate (MCSA) in SQL Server 2012.

MCSE Data Platform (SQL Server 2012)

Further validate your expertise and competence in SQL Server 2012 – earn an MCSE Data Platform (SQL Server 2012) certification. Unitek Education’s MCSE: Data Platform (SQL Server 2012) Boot Camp provides the hands-on experience and technical expertise to empower students to design and implement SQL Server 2012. Students leave the boot camp able to administer enterprise-scale data solutions both on-premise and in cloud environments. An MCSE Data Platform certification will display your expertise to implement database objects and programming objects, optimize and troubleshoot queries, design a troubleshooting and optimization solution, and design databases and database objects, structure, and security.

This boot camp prepares students for two exams: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (464), and Designing Business Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (465). Successful completion of these exams certifies the student as a Microsoft Ceritified Solutions Expert (MCSE) in Data Platforms (SQL Server 2012).