F5 Networks launches free training for network professionals

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F5 Networks has launched the Super-NetOps initiative, a free online training program aimed at network operations professionals.

The company said on-demand Super-NetOps training course will have two modules covering DevOps methodologies and the concepts of automation, orchestration, and infrastructure-as-code.

The company is delivering the training through a combination of video instruction and hands-on labs with guides to show participants how to deliver an application service in an automated toolchain.

F5 Networks will roll out new curriculum incorporating security into automated deployment methodologies for the burgeoning DevSecOps role — in the coming months. The curriculum will also expand to address other fundamental topics such as agile methodologies, application language frameworks, and third-party automation toolchain enablement.

The goal of the Super-NetOps program is to help network operations professionals address challenges by learning the skills to standardize critical application services and provide them within automated toolchains.

F5 Networks said that this will enable teams to reduce time to service from days to minutes, while ensuring all applications meet necessary compliance, policy, and performance standards.

“Network operations expertise is more important than ever. The cloud is driving exponential growth in applications, along with requirements that they be faster, more secure, and always available,” said Kara Sprague, senior vice president and general manager of the Application Delivery Controller business unit at F5.

“Infrastructure decisions are increasingly made outside of infrastructure teams themselves, due to DevOps needing automated network operations,” said Chris Zwergel, Application Solutions Practice Manager, Groupware Technology.

“Automation-focused DevOps is an integral part of modernizing network infrastructure, and through a series of F5 integrations with Red Hat Ansible Automation, F5 users can more simply automate and orchestrate their networks,” said Justin Nemmers, general manager of Ansible, Red Hat.