Virtual Instructor Led Classroom Training. Practical, real-time and effective.

The challenge of maintaining a skilled workforce is a tremendous one in our fast paced knowledge economy.

While quality staff training is incredibly important, the need for convenient, budget and time saving methods is becoming increasingly imperative. One of the trends or options in this regard is Virtual Instructor Led classroom Training (VILT). According to a white paper by iLinc video and audio conferencing firm, VILT allows students to join courses from the convenience of their own homes or offices, reduces travel budget and even reduce the carbon footprint associated with travelling.

VILT can be very engaging, interactive and valuable if done by its experts. Esri, the geographic information systems firm indicated the significant difference between quality VILT and tedious virtual power point presentations with questions at the end.

Red Education’s VILT is delivered by instructors not only experts in their respective fields, but also experts in the delivery techniques of value-add VILT. These instructors well understand the need for interactive, engaging and quality driven virtual educations. Red Education’s VILT courses are aided with the frequent use of virtual white board techniques.  White board drawings done during the virtual sessions further explain complex concepts and achieve full student comprehension.

Full lab access is available to students during the Virtual Instructor Led Training sessions. Our instructors assist students with all their lab issues in the same manner as they would do in a physical classroom. The labs are available to students 24/7 for the full duration of the VILT course.

VILT can in many aspects present further interactivity options to students. Red Education uses a virtual classroom technology that is best of its class. This technology allows all students to ask questions at the same time using the chat panel. Shy students who might have avoided asking questions in a physical classroom can comfortably ask their questions and get their answers privately in their chat panels. A student can virtually raise his/her hand for a question or even ask his/her question at any time using his/her phone or microphone.

Red Education endeavors to offer its valuable clients flexible training options. VILT is available to your organization side by side with our industry recognized physical ILT.

 

By Wasfi Bounni, Senior Instructor/Consultant

Read Wasfi’s Bio

Teaching Arista with Red Education

I have been teaching with Red Education since 2006. During that time, I have trained hundreds of students on various vendors’ solutions, products, and technologies.

When I heard two years ago that we were going to teach Arista, I got really excited because I had heard Arista was doing some “hot stuff” in the data centre and cloud space. As I found out shortly after, Arista Networks was founded to deliver software driven cloud networking solutions for large data centre and high- performance computing environments.

With more than two million cloud networking ports being deployed worldwide, Arista delivers a range of 1, 10, 40 and 100GbE products that redefine network architectures, bring extensibility to networking, and dramatically change the price/performance of data centre networks.

Arista was recognised by Gartner as a “visionary” in its 2014 “Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Networking” based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. Arista designs their revolutionary products in California, and is comprised of experienced management and engineering team, many of whom have come from leading networking companies.

Arista Networks’ executive team reads like Cisco Systems’ Hall of Fame:

  • Chief executive Jayshree Ullal was an 15-year veteran, building the biggest networking switches.
  • Chief scientist David Cheriton advised Cisco for seven years, while teaching at Stanford.
  • Product development head Andreas Bechtolsheim developed some of Cisco’s fastest switches. He also co-founded Sun Microsystems, and was Google’s first big backer.
  • The other five top executives all spent time at Cisco, too.

Because so many of Arista’s leaders and engineers are former Cisco employees, Arista would seem to be treated as enemy No. 1 within Cisco — more so than Cisco’s traditional competitors, Juniper and HP.

Arista’s goal looks to be to beat Cisco, and fast-moving incumbent Juniper Networks, by running the Internet at a whole new speed and scale.

Current products shift bits in less than 500 nanoseconds – about four times faster than a Cisco product, and twice as fast as Juniper’s fastest switch.

Founded a decade ago, Arista is profitable. It reported an excellent last quarter – quarterly revenue of $US155.5 million was up over 50% from the year-ago quarter.

The course that I currently teach: Arista Configuration Essentials (ACE) 2.0 is a three-day, instructor-led, hands-on course. It covers an overview of Arista hardware and software (Extensible Operating System EOS), and the theory, operation and configuration of Arista differentiated features such as VM Tracer, Latency Analyser (LANZ), Multi-Chassis Lag (MLAG) and Advanced Event Management (AEM).

This course is designed to provide the student with a significant amount of meaningful hands-on lab time to support topics covered in class.

I hope I will see you soon!

Konrad Kuligowski, Senior Trainer @ Red Education

 

Why Pay for IT Training?

If you’re a technology integrator with 5 or more focus vendors, and you have to hold technical certifications across all of them to make top tier partnership then the question of training is a valid one. Not only do you have to take your key engineers out of the field for 5 days or more, but you have to put your hand in your pocket and pay as well!

If you’re an end user customer with a team of engineers to install, support, maintain infrastructure whether its on premise or cloud, paying for training becomes a question of whether the people you have trained and certified will hang around once they have acquired those new critical skills.

Both are fair concerns.

All the IT vendors provide a level of free information on their websites and forums these days. F5 is a great example. They have free “Getting Started” videos which are short snippets of how to run up the basics of all their products, plus communities like DevCentral where you can find the answer to almost any problem, plus a raft of innovative solutions that professionals from around the globe with substantial experience have contributed at no cost to anyone. There are other examples of this at Microsoft, Cisco and many others.

If you want to find the information, it’s there and freely available.

It is, however, the responsibility of all IT vendors to deliver a comprehensive training program based on an all encompassing classroom environment which gives you the hands-on skill and knowledge to address the complexity that arises with most projects. The vendors that we work with at Red Education are all enterprise and service provider grade solution providers. If you spend $100,000 or more on a technology solution to deliver a specific outcome to a business, unless you’re outsourcing the whole shebang, there better be skills and knowledge on how to put it together and then maintain, upgrade and support that solution once it’s in. That business outcome may not be realised otherwise.

This is where paid training is mandatory.

You get to spend a few days of allocated time to learning a technology, surrounded by experienced people (or novices with new approaches!) like yourself, drawing on the guidance of an instructor who should have plenty of experience for the group to draw on, delivering material written by the vendor so you get loads of best practise examples. Just on the instructor, ideally they should have hands on experience in the field – someone who is out in real environments implementing solutions with that technology, so they have actual “war stories” to bring into the classroom. Does your training provider do professional services as well? It’s not a bad indicator of whether their instructors “get out much”.

You should expect to walk away from the course having spent as much time as the course allows for you to undertake practical exercises using a sandbox style lab environment so that you can apply what you have learnt in your environment.

If you are looking to attain a certification with that vendor, it’s usually the case that the official classroom training gives you at least a start on gaining the skills and knowledge to tackle the exams associated with it.

I love that LinkedIn post you may have seen…. Person A: “What if we train them and they leave?” Person B: “What if we don’t and they stay?”. Indeed.

Rob Howard – Managing Director of Red Education

Red Education is the leading provider of specialised IT training and Professional services across the Asia-Pacific region. We provide training for multiple vendors with a regular public schedule in over 24 different locations. In addition to this we also have the ability to conduct closed onsite courses. For further information on how we can cater to your requirement please visit our website www.rededucation.com.