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INTELLIGENT CLOUD Nutanix partners with Udacity to offer hybrid cloud nanodegree programme N utanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, has announced a partnership with Udacity, the global online learning platform, resulting in a new hybrid cloud nanodegree programme. This programme will enhance learning opportunities in the emerging cloud technologies market that are essential for organisations to uplevel their IT infrastructure. As part of the collaboration, Nutanix will also sponsor 5,000 scholarships to help IT professionals advance their knowledge with this initiative. As more services move to the cloud, IT teams require the knowledge and expertise it takes to properly manage these infrastructures that increasingly stretch across on-premises and public cloud in a hybrid model. Although hybrid cloud technology continues to grow and evolve, educational opportunities in this field remain at a standstill. In Nutanix’s recent Enterprise Cloud Index survey, 85% of respondents said that hybrid cloud is the ideal operating model. However, 32% of respondents reported a lack of in-house hybrid cloud skills. To fill this educational gap, Udacity and Nutanix have collaborated closely to develop a nanodegree programme that will advance the knowledge of seasoned IT professionals. To strengthen professional development in this space, the nanodegree programme will cover modern private cloud infrastructure and the design of hybrid application deployment. Ideal students are those managing traditional business applications, legacy infrastructure or cloud-native applications on public cloud infrastructure. “One of our primary goals at Nutanix is to ensure that cloud technology professionals continue to stay on the cusp of innovation in this developing field,” said Wendy M Pfeiffer, CIO at Nutanix. “We are excited to have worked closely with Udacity to develop the hybrid cloud nanodegree programme, and now open access to thousands of leading cloud professionals through this scholarship programme.” To ensure all participants looking to increase their education within the cloud environment have an opportunity to do so, Udacity is opening applications to the Nutanix hybrid cloud scholarship programme. For the first phase of the scholarship programme, Udacity will select 5,000 applicants to participate in the hybrid cloud fundamentals course. From those 5,000 students, 500 high-performing students will be awarded a full scholarship to the hybrid cloud nanodegree programme. “At Udacity, we strive to empower professionals with the most demanded, forward-looking skills in their fields,” said Udacity CEO Gabe Dalporto. “We’re delighted to team up with Nutanix, a pioneer and leader in the cloud computing field, to create the new, cutting-edge hybrid cloud nanodegree programme.” The hybrid cloud nanodegree programme will focus on four subject areas: • Modern private cloud infrastructure: Learn to configure and manage a hyperconverged infrastructure cluster, providing a scalable, distributed storage, network and compute fabric for virtual machines and advanced services. • Hybrid cloud application design: Learn about the evolution of hybrid cloud workload management and design for multiple infrastructures. • Automating private cloud: Create a scalable web application and life cycle operational model with governance to enable on-demand, self-service workloads on-prem with fiscal oversight and quotas. • Designing hybrid cloud infrastructure: Learn public cloud concepts, manage hybrid workloads and drive to global load balancing of workloads. • Wendy M Pfeiffer, CIO at Nutanix INTELLIGENT TECH CHANNELS INTELLIGENT TECH CHANNELS Issue 29 41