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Citrix XenApp certification: The skills that truly deliver

Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that enables any Windows application to be virtualized, centralized, and managed in a datacenter, and delivered as a service to any user, anywhere, on any device. Application management has become a big issue for organizations across the globe, as, when executed properly, can reduce IT costs by 50 percent, and is the most secure way to deploy applications.

Citrix XenApp has become the go-to solution for application management. Its powerful platform gives users on-demand self-service access to enterprise applications. Using XenApp, IT teams can configure, store, and maintain a single application in the datacenter, thus enabling seamless delivery from any operating system.  Built-in system intelligence, in combination with configurable access controls, automatically determines the optimal method for delivering each application to each user. Users can subscribe to only the applications they need from a single enterprise app storefront, to gain access from any device of their choosing. Applications are delivered via XenApp high speed delivery protocol, or streamed via Citrix application virtualization or Microsoft App-V.

With more companies discovering the benefits of a remote workforce with access to applications via virtualization, it is critical that the IT talent pool keep up with the growing need for virtualization experts. Citrix certification equips IT professionals with highly sought-after skills, giving you an edge in the job market. Citrix XenApp Administration certification is proof that you are a certified XenApp expert. Citrix XenApp Administration course are split into two parts: Basic Administration and Advanced Administration.

The Citrix XenApp Basic Administration training course (CTX-CXA-206) provides the foundation necessary for Systems Administrators to effectively centralize and manage applications in the datacenter and instantly deliver them as a service to users anywhere. Citrix XenApp Basic Administration certificants leave the course knowing how to install and configure Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2, Citrix Receiver and plug-ins, as well as how to use administrative consoles and tools to configure resources, policies, server and farm settings, printers, virtualized applications and more.

The Citrix XenApp Advanced Administration training course (CTX-CXA-301) provides the skills necessary to monitor, maintain, optimize, and troubleshoot Citric XenApp 6.5 environments running on Windows Server 2008 R2 software. Citrix XenApp Advanced Administration certificants leave the course with the tools to monitor the XenApp farm, record farm activity, and generate reports; and the skills needed to maintain data and server integrity and to scale, optimize and troubleshoot the XenApp farm.

Next Steps

Speak with a Unitek Education representative about Citrix certification at 888-825-6273 or request more information here.

Five Perks of Virtualization

Virtualization is a broad term that describes the abstraction of resources (usually applications) into a single server, reducing operating costs and improving the utilization of computing resources and increasing IT team productivity. Below I outline my top five benefits of virtualization.

  1. Fewer physical servers. Hardware costs and their subsequent 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.

Next Steps

Citrix is my favorite virtualization tool. Explore Citrix certification by Unitek Education today, to realize the value for yourself. Speak with a Unitek Education representative about Citrix certification at 888-825-6273 or request more information here.

 

About Unitek Education

Unitek IT Education is the premier Authorized Citrix training center in the United States and has trained enterprise clients nationwide on Citrix installation, administration and security. Unitek Education’s cutting-edge training solutions have received accolades from many enterprise companies, including Citrix itself. Unitek Education has been honored with multiple Learning Partner of the Year and Learning Partner of the Quarter awards by Citrix Systems.

 

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 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).

The Most Valuable IT Certifications to Get By 2014

Constant changes in technology bring a new wave of opportunities and challenges to businesses: adoption, implementation, and maintenance of critical systems and networks are essential to moving business forward. Consequently, hiring IT professionals who can support this infrastructure is becoming a top priority among employers across the country.

Studies show that eighty-five percent of IT hiring managers consider IT certification a medium to high priority when hiring for IT positions. IT employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. IT professionals gain an average 9 percent salary increase immediately after receiving certification, and 29 percent over the long term, versus peers who are not certified*.

Ready to see the advantage of IT certification for yourself? Unitek Education had compiled a list of the ten most valuable IT Certifications to have by 2014!

 
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MSCA) Windows Server 2012
The MSCA Windows Server 2012 certification is “the foundation of your professional career”, it qualifies certificate holders for positions as network or computer systems administrators or computer support specialists. MCSAs reduce IT costs across their organization, delivering true professional and business value.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MSCE) Exchange Server 2013
The MCSE Exchange Server 2013 certification verifies your ability to migrate your company to the cloud, increase user productivity, reduce data loss, and improve data security. MCSE Exchange Server 2013 certificate holders can work as network and computer systems administrators and are an essential asset to optimizing IT infrastructures.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MSCE) Windows Server 2012
The MCSE Windows Server 2012 certification is “the globally recognized standard for IT professionals”. MSCE’s possess the skills of running efficient data centers, identity management expertise, systems management, virtualization, networking, and storage. MCSEs produce innovative solutions across multiple technologies, both on-premise and in the cloud.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MSCA) SQL Server 2012 
Obtaining an MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification demonstrates that the certificate holder has the skillset and insight to develop and maintain mission-critical SQL environments. MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification qualifies IT professionals for positions as database developers and database analysts.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MSCE) SQL Server 2012 
MCSE SQL Server 2012 demonstrates the certificate holder’s broad skillset in building and administering enterprise data solutions in both on-premise and cloud environments. MCSE SQL Server 2012 certification qualifies IT professionals for positions as database analysts and database designers.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 
The Cisco Certified Associate Routing and Switching certification is designed for entry-level network engineers. CCNAs increase the value of their employers’ networks with their abilities to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot routed and switched networks.. CCNAs work are network specialists, network support engineers, and network administrators.

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) 
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) validates the certificate holder’s ability to plan, implement, verify, and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. CCNPs are qualified for roles such as network technician, support engineer, systems engineer, or network engineer.

NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA)
NetApp Certified Data Management Administrators (NCDAs) have proven that they have the skills to provide support, administrative functions, and performance management for NepApp Storage appliances running Data the ONTAP OS in NFS and Windows multiprotocol environments. NCDAs are an integral part of any business on a NetApp Storage appliance!

NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer (NCIE)
There are two NCIE certifications that set NetApp professionals apart from the rest. NetApp Certified Backup and Recovery Implementation Engineers (NCIE – B&R) have proven skills in designing and implementing NetApp disaster recovery solutions, and assessing storage requirements. NetApp Certified SAN Implementation Engineers (NCIE – SAN) have proven skills in assessing customer storage requirements, implementing SAN solutions, and integrating various operating systems.

CompTIA A+/Network+/Security+ Certification 
Comptia Certifications are recognized across the IT industry. CompTIA A+ professionals possess the skills required for troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, installation, and networking. CompTIA Network+ professionals can manage, troubleshoot, maintain, and configure network infrastructure.

Next Steps
If you are ready to expand your career opportunities and increase your salary potential, speak with a Unitek Education representative about Unitek Eduction’s IT certification training at 888-825-6273 or request more information

*Sources:
(CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, Jan 2011)
(US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, March 2011)
(CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, Jan 2011)

Unitek Education Citrix Training – Hands-On Training in a Virtual World

Students at Unitek Education learn on real servers

Students at Unitek Education learn on real servers

Unitek Education offers Citrix training that cannot be found anywhere else. You might be thinking, “Whats the difference between Unitek Education Citrix training and Citrix training anywhere else?” Unitek Education students learn on actual physical servers, where almost all other Citrix training providers administer courses in a virtual environment. Students who train in a virtual environment are directed to an online lab where they train on virtual servers. Unitek Education’s Citrix training program melds the efficiency of virtual training with the real-life experience of physical training on actual servers. Unitek Education students can get their hands dirty (or at least really familiar with), the same type of Windows 2008 R2 server they will be using when they return to work.

The downfalls of virtual training are many, and leave much to be desired. (Hence why Unitek Education utilizes physical hands-on-training!) Students don’t experience the “real thing” in a virtual environment, yet are expected to be “experts” on server assessment, design, deployment, and maintenance without having attacked the task hands-on. More importantly, the robotic and vapid nature of virtual training means that training is performed in a generic “paint-by-numbers” method. There is no personalization or unique attention given to students. Yet all students work on unique environments back at the office. Most virtual training boils down to:  “access the virtual lab, click on A,B,C, then click X,Y,Z, and ta-da! There is your generic Citrix configuration”. This kind of training isn’t training – it’s practically an expensive user manual.

As opposed to mucking around in a virtual lab, Unitek Education students use real, physical Windows 2008 R2 servers for their student machines. They are able to locally recreate the online environment, in order to combine what they learn in official labs, with a reconfigured physical build. The benefits of using physical servers are numerous. Students actually learn on the real thing, so they can directly apply their new knowledge in the workplace. The student and instructor can collaborate to create a server like the one the student uses in his or her work place, giving them tangible results to bring back to the office. And believe it or not, technology classes can be hindered by technology. In the event of an internet service outage, virtual training is generally shut down. When students are working on physical servers, the learning day is not interrupted in the event of an internet service outage.

Servers are hardware. So why do other training providers expect students to learn on software? It just doesn’t make sense. Unitek Education’s hands-on training, led by a Citrix certified expert, brings real results, because it utilizes the power and results of real training.

Next Steps

Explore Citrix certification by Unitek Education today, and experience the power of real training. Speak with a Unitek Education representative about Citrix certification at 888-825-6273 or request more information here.

About Unitek Education

Unitek IT Education is the premier Authorized Citrix training center in the United States and has trained enterprise clients nationwide on Citrix installation, administration and security. Unitek Education’s cutting-edge training solutions have received accolades from many enterprise companies. Unitek Education has been honored with multiple Learning Partner of the Year and Learning Partner of the Quarter awards by Citrix Systems.