VMware launching new vSphere online training courses for SMBs

Summary:VMware is aiming to get SMBs onboard with its cloud and virtualization platforms through a live, online crash course.

VMware is announcing a new set of live, online training courses specifically geared toward small to mid-size business customers.

All of the training taken together is a four-day, 16-hour, live and online training course covering VMware's vSphere enterprise cloud computing and virtualization platform. The focus for SMB customers is to enable their IT operations to become more agile and responsive while integrating existing infrastructures and managing costs.

Jackie Skinner from VMware's SMB global marketing team acknowledged in a blog post on Thursday that "sometimes getting the budget and time away from the office to attend training can be a challenge" for IT departments.

Thus, the courses have been divided up into two-hour sessions with the intention of preventing trainees from having to be offline for an extended period of time so they can continue working even as they learn.

That's still a sizable chunk of time for many employees, but users are supposed to be able to revisit content with 30-day access to a recording of your class. Furthermore, the training is designed to act as self-paced labs, which is reinforced with DVR-like instant replay functionality.

Michael Yakiemchuk, director of the Americas Education group at VMware, added via email that "with limited IT budgets and staff, these SMB employees have often been underserved by enterprise-focused training programs and that’s why this new set of VMware educational offerings specifically addresses the needs of these important customers."

In addition to these courses, VMware still hosts more than 50 instructional on-demand videos on its education site intended for small business IT staff.

A schedule listing the four-day live courses throughout the first half of 2013 is online now.

Topics: SMBs, Cloud, IT Employment, Virtualization, VMWare

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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