Virtualisation allows businesses to consolidate network IP services such as virtual private networks, firewalls, intrusion detection, load balancing and routing to reduce management costs. It allows network services to be delivered on demand, optimising the deployment of these resources.
Network engineers keen to develop skills in virtualised service architectures can attend a course run by the Telindus High-Tech Institute and created in conjunction with Inkra Networks.
The institute will run two courses. An introductory "fundamentals" three-day course costs £1,500, and a more advanced "operational" two-day course costs £1,000.
Rob Kelly, sales director at Inkra Networks, said, "Virtualisation is the catalyst driving the evolution of the datacentre. Businesses have been quick to realise the benefits of consolidating and virtualising storage and server resources, and virtualisation is now being used to drive out the cost and complexity of network services and delivery."
The courses include practical training on Inkra's Virtual Service Switch technology and is run by Ken Duncan, a technical trainer and consultant to the communications industry.
Spending on virtualisation is set to increase to £1.2bn worldwide by 2008, according to research group IDC, as businesses chase potential 90% savings in operational and capital expenditure.