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Specialization

DevOps and Data Virtualization

The office IT hero

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Specialization Description

Learn to manage, connect, and troubleshoot business systems*

The DevOps and Virtualization specialist manages, connects, and troubleshoots business technology like a pro. In this information technology systems program—the only systems-focused credential of its kind in Silicon Valley—you will study the specialized set of communication tech skills that prepare you to tackle diverse business needs. You will learn to be the person that makes office communication, through a myriad of platforms, networks and cloud-based apps, seem easy for coworkers and be the hero who minimizes downtime.

DevOps and Virtualization program objectives

  • Discuss CPU, storage and network virtualization
  • Design, code, and deploy a cloud-focused tool or application
  • Describe service-oriented architecture and the cloud software development toolchain

Core Courses

  • System Virtualization Fundamentals
    Foundation skills to apply concepts of virtualization to meet critical IT goals such as cost reduction, productivity, scalability, and cloud computing.
  • DevOps Technologies
    An introduction to Agile software development practices and IT automation techniques to achieve rapid rates of high quality deployment.

*Note: This specialization was formerly "Information Technology Systems."

Program Overview

Estimated Cost: $3,000 (You pay only for courses you enroll in.)
Program Requirements: 4–5 courses (11 quarter units). Take 2 core courses (5.5 quarter units) and sufficient electives to earn a minimum of 5.5 quarter units. End with Specialization completion review.
Minimum Hours of Instruction: 110 hours of instruction
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–9 months.
Special Programs: None

Courses

1. Required Course(s):

Quarter Units: 3.0
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04-17-2024 to 06-19-2024
$750.00
SEQA.X408.(11)
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Quarter Units: 2.5
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2. Electives: Two Required

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Quarter Units: 3.0
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04-11-2024 to 06-13-2024
$750.00
LINX.X416.(7)
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CEU: 1.8 CEUs
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3. Completion Review:

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Meet Our Instructors

Ahmad Reza Yazdi
Customer Projects Engineer, Riverbed Technology
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Sr. Infrastructure Security Engineer, Zuora
David Rines
SRE Architect, Duo
James Kempf
Senior Consultant, Kempf and Associates
Prasanna Vasudevan
Senior Release Engineer, Apple Inc.
Ramin Elahi
Partner Sales Enablement manager, Keysight Technologies

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Requisite Knowledge

It is strongly suggested that you have:

  • Networking Fundamentals or equivalent work experience; and
  • Basic programming experience using a high-level programming language like Java, Python, C#, or a scripting environment like Bash.

Establish Candidacy

Who should establish candidacy?

  • People who are pursuing a certificate (and have enrolled in a course in the program).
  • People who want to lock in the current requirements of a certificate or specialization.
4 Simple Steps to a Certificate or Specialization
  1. Complete a course in your selected program.
  2. Establish candidacy. Click on the Establish Candidacy button on your program page.
  3. Take all required courses for certificate completion.
  4. Once your grades are posted on your final course, enroll in the certificate review fee.
A Benefit of Establishing Candidacy

Program requirements may change. Once you commit to a program by establish your candidacy, you will not have to change your plans to meet new requirements. They are locked in for you. Timeline: 4 years to get it done (or 3 for a specialization) You must complete all the necessary units in a certificate within a four-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2023, you would have to finish by Sept. 4, 2027.

Note: Establishing candidacy does not trigger the beginning of the four-year window. It begins the first day of the first course in your chosen certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the four-year timeframe.

Exceptions to the four-year requirement
  • If you Established candidacy prior to Jan. 1, 2024, you will have five years to complete a program.
  • Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, or our curriculum partner programs, such as the Legal Studies courses (CLS by Barbri) and sales and business courses (Ziplines Education) have shorter completion requirements.

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