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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."

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $3,000
Required Credits: 4–5 courses (11 units). Take 2 core courses (5.5 units) and sufficient electives to earn a minimum of 5.5 units. End with Specialization completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–9 months.


1. Prerequisite(s): "Networking Fundamentals" or equivalent work experiance.

Units: 3.0

2. Required Course(s):

Units: 3.0

09-15-2021 to 11-24-2021
Santa Clara
See complete class schedule here.
Units: 2.5

09-13-2021 to 11-08-2021

3. Electives: Two Required

Units: 3.0
CEU: 3.0 CEUs
CEU: 1.8 CEUs

07-27-2021 to 08-31-2021

09-09-2021 to 10-14-2021
Santa Clara
See complete class schedule here.
CEU: 3.0 CEUs

10-12-2021 to 12-14-2021
Units: 3.0

4. Completion Review:

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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.

Program Chair

Juan Gomez, chair

Specialization Program Chair 

JUAN C. GOMEZ, Ph.D., is a software development engineer at Amazon AWS. Previously he was principal engineer at F5 Networks, a networking security company. He has been teaching in Silicon Valley for 15 years. He worked on the development of several popular products at IBM and Juniper and holds seven U.S. patents in the field of distributed computing and storage systems. He has extensive experience in computer networking, computer security, design, distributed systems, self-healing/self-monitoring systems, software life cycle, and storage systems. He also teaches System Virtualization Fundamentals, enjoys hiking and loves Pomeranian dogs.

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a specialization program at any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a specialization program. Note that the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your specialization requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your specialization will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the specialization program before enrolling in the Specialization Completion Review.

You have a total of three years to complete the courses for a specialization.

All the necessary units in a specialization must be completed within a three-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2019, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

  • Enrolling in a specialization program does not trigger the beginning of the three-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to the program.
  • The Completion Review process does not have to occur within the three-year timeframe.