F5 Networks and University of Phoenix Collaborate to Create Application Delivery Networking Certificate Program

  F5 Networks and University of Phoenix Collaborate to Create Application
  Delivery Networking Certificate Program

  F5 and University of Phoenix join forces to create certificate program on
     Application Delivery Networking fundamentals, available summer 2013

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- July 9, 2013

Today, F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application
Delivery Networking (ADN), and University of Phoenix announced the pooling of
resources to develop an ADN Certificate Program (noncredit). University of
Phoenix will be offering five new courses that provide the knowledge that is
foundational to F5 certifications. The coursework is software and
hardware-agnostic, which allows students to develop transferrable skills in
ADN. The program also features a virtual learning and lab environment to allow
demonstration and practice of concepts on F5^® products, including F5 BIG-IP
Local Traffic Manager^™ and BIG-IP^® Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition.

ADN is an approach and a suite of technologies that comprises application
security, application acceleration and network availability. ADN ensures that
applications are always secure, fast, and available across any network. The
program’s curriculum focuses on layer 4–7, while emphasizing the foundational
knowledge required to design, deploy, and manage solutions in complex ADN
environments. The program is designed for individuals focused on deploying and
maintaining networking solutions.

Recent Gartner research has noted a shortage in application delivery skills.
“One of the challenges is to find individuals with the appropriate skill set
and, more importantly, retaining the people with these difficult-to-find
skills, as there is a recognized shortage and many with this skill will
gravitate to the vendor community,” wrote Mark Fabbi and Joe Skorupa of
Gartner. “The role played by the application delivery architect demands strong
people skills and broad technical skills.”^1

“This is another opportunity for the University of Phoenix to collaborate with
a top technology vendor to deliver the kind of specialized education
individuals and businesses are looking for today,” said Barry Feierstein, EVP
and Chief Business Operating Officer at University of Phoenix.

The program is expected to be available online this summer and features the
following courses:

  *ADNCE/2010 Introduction to ADN

This course is an overview of networking essentials that are required to
understand how communication takes place over a network and how data is
transmitted. Topics covered include the OSI model, communication protocols,
and network hardware. Additional information will be provided on possible
networking errors that prevent successful transmission.

  *ADNCE/2020 The Role of Networking in ADN Solutions

This course concentrates on operating system fundamentals, the role of the
operating system in distributing applications, and server virtualization for
the use and distribution of applications. Emphasis will be placed on use in
both small networks and enterprise-wide networks.

  *ADNCE/2030 The Role of Applications in ADN Solutions

This course emphasizes the deployment of applications over the network. Types
and uses of applications are discussed as well as the effect these
applications have on network efficiency. Implications of user intervention in
the delivery will also be reviewed, as well as possible methods to optimize
delivery.

  *ADNCE/2040 The Role of Security in ADN Solutions

This course concentrates on the need for adequate security measures being
instituted in the network to protect the network and the applications being
used. This course reviews the threats (both internal and external) to the
network and underlying data. It reviews the additional preventative measures
that need to be taken when deploying and using applications.

  *ADNCE/2050 ADN Capstone

This final course provides an overview of all previous course work to ensure
that a clear understanding has been gained of each component part of the
course series. This course also discusses forward-looking trends and how these
changes affect application delivery for future use, even when the company may
not have updated software/hardware.

The F5 and University of Phoenix partnership follows the ongoing expansion of
the F5 Certified!^™ Professional Certification Program, through which F5 has
developed a documented skill set, learning path, and curricula focused on the
application delivery discipline. With this program offered through University
of Phoenix and F5’s Professional Certification Program, F5 provides an
opportunity for certification that validates people who have the experience,
skills, and knowledge in networking and applications, with an in-depth
understanding of how the two interact.

“The Application Delivery Networking program blends application, network, and
security knowledge into a dedicated ADN learning experience,” said Joe Taylor,
Director of Service Operations and Training at F5.

Supporting Quotes

“As a former graduate of the University of Phoenix, I know from experience
that the school provides high-quality education and a very strong curriculum,
with certificate programs that give people the tools they need to advance
their careers,” said Howard Binner, Director of IS and Security at Overlake
Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. “These programs also benefit organizations like
Overlake, as we are continually looking to hire IT professionals with
industry-specific training and experience. Application Delivery Networking has
evolved into an essential technology for data centers to function smoothly, so
I’m pleased to see this new curriculum to help build that important skill
set.”

“The courses on Application Delivery Networking being offered by the
University of Phoenix represent a valuable tool to further expand the
professional development of our technical employees and customers,” said Bruce
Hampton, Chief Technology Architect at Milestone Systems, Inc. “In addition,
the courses augment the extensive F5 product training catalog delivered by
Milestone Systems, Inc. and help us in developing the talented engineers
required in today’s complex Application Delivery Networking environments.”

Additional Resources

  *University of Phoenix ADN Program
  *F5 Product Training, Certification, and ADN Program

^1Gartner, Inc., “Three Phases to Improve Application Delivery Teams,” Mark
Fabbi and Joe Skorupa, November 22, 2011

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules,
challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal
and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship
university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves
a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and
doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as
well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit
http://www.phoenix.edu.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes the connected world run better. F5 helps
organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with
the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and
applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world’s
largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer
brands rely on F5’s intelligent services framework to deliver and protect
their applications and services while ensuring people stay connected. Learn
more at www.f5.com.

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Contact:

F5 Networks, Inc.
Alane Moran, 206-272-6850
a.moran@f5.com
or
University of Phoenix
Ryan Rauzon, 916-599-2911
ryan.rauzon@apollogrp.edu
 
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