HP training Facebook generation through cloud education

Karrie Kehoe News
28 Feb, 2012

Silicon Valley giant launches Institute to hook nation’s youth on HP technologies

A new cloud computing qualification taught through the cloud is being taught in a selection of British universities. The course, part of a range of modules being offered by HP, will cover both technical and business aspects of cloud.

HP, the technology company is extending its new Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) training programme to universities across the UK, in an effort to address what it calls the ‘giant skills gap’ in the UK market.

The professional course has already taught dozens of British students about how to host and integrate cloud services, cross technology integration and business concepts of the cloud. Cloud technologies are used to train the students, namely remote labs and e-learning. Apart from cloud, the courses will cover connected devices, servers and storage, and networking. 

HP will use Oklahoma-based labs to allow British students to learn about wired and wireless networks, network communication protocols and network security. Students are connected to a physical pod in a remote lab, from where they can add and delete real servers.

HP boasts that the labs are kitted out with millions of dollars worth of HP hardware and are a testament to its dedication to this professional training scheme.

Nick Wilson, managing director of HP UK and Ireland, stated that “HP is massively investing in education,” unable to put a particular figure on HP’s investment, Wilson told CloudPro that HP is investing “lots”  in a move to move towards cloud education for a "Facebook generation."

Wilson said HP was not interested in “well rounded people”, but wanted students who could operate HP technologies effectively and be scooped up by its 8,000 channel partners.

He added the object of the course was to enable students to enter the workforce as cloud specialists or cloud technicians and “be effective from day one.”

Wilson surmised his position as students need to “be able to apply their IT skills in a working environment.” He continued remarking “oh boy do we need this.”



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