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  • From: Patty Giorgio <>
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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] Merit Network Announces Online Classes Including BGP, Data Center
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:54:54 -0400 (EDT)

Merit Network Announces Online Classes Including BGP, Data Center

IT classes available to national research and education community

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Merit Network, Inc. today announced a number of
upcoming online classes including summer workshops on data center
infrastructure management and the BGP routing protocol. Available over
the Internet via desktop interface, the classes can be taken from any
location, and registration is open to members of the educational community.

On August 1-2, "BGP and Advanced Routing Concepts: A Practical Workshop"
introduces BGP and related routing concepts, including configuration,
path selection, best practice recommendations and examples of BGP
problems and solutions. Participants will configure Cisco routers during
a half-day lab to simulate different BGP configurations. This course is
developed and presented by engineers from NYSERNet, New York's research
and education network.

Presented on August 7-9, "Data Center Infrastructure Management" is a
three-day course on the critical features of managing a data center or
server room of any size. The course is led by David Cole, a data center
expert and technology veteran, who will discuss the most pertinent
topics in the data center/server room industry, including power,
cooling, energy efficiency, management tools, and integrating IT Service

Andy Rosenzweig, Merit's Manager of Professional Learning, notes that
the courses are relevant to the needs of many educational institutions.
"The BGP course leverages the long internetworking experience of
NYSERNet's engineering staff and provides a unique learning experience
for engineers that manage organizations' connections to multiple network
providers. The data center course is one that Merit has hosted twice
before, with very positive reviews from students for its completeness
and relevance for professionals who manage data facilities."

Other online classes available in the next several months include Linux
security, IT project management, SELinux, network security and web site
security auditing. They are part of Merit's ongoing Professional
Learning program, which offers professional development opportunities of
particular interest to IT professionals in education. A full calendar
for2012-2013, including traditional classroom courses and special
events, is available at

Elwood Downing, Vice President of Member Relations, Services and
Communication at Merit, is pleased that Merit is able to offer these
professional development opportunities for the research and education
community nationwide. "These classes continue our efforts to help
enhance the skills of technologists in education through unique learning
opportunities. Offering these courses via the Internet makes them
accessible to a larger audience and reduces the difficult logistics and
costs of attending traditional courses."

Registration and more information for all courses are available via the
schedule at:

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by
Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's
longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966,
Michigan's public universities created Merit as a shared resource to
help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its
formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and
education networking expertise and services. Merit provides
high-performance networking solutions to public universities, colleges,
K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other
non-profit organizations. Merit has been Michigan's Internet2 Network
connector since 1999.

Andy Rosenzweig
Manager, Professional Learning
Merit Network

  • [I2-NEWS] Merit Network Announces Online Classes Including BGP, Data Center, Patty Giorgio, 07/16/2012

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