Building Next-Generation Data Center

Starting on April 25th

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Building Next-Generation Data Center

This 6-week highly interactive online course will give you all the knowledge (and confidence) you need to design and implement modern data center and private cloud infrastructure.

Is This You?

  • Network architect, technical pre-sales engineer, or similar senior, technical leader role
  • Responsible for designing and building the next-generation data center for your company or your customers
  • Work on the next generation of enterprise products and services
  • Have limited time in your schedule to stay up to date, separate truth from vendor hype, and evaluate the true impact of new technologies
  • Want to avoid expensive solutions and untested technologies that benefit vendors more than the end-users
Brad Casemore, Research Director, Datacenter Networks, IDC
Ivan Pepelnjak has forgotten more about networking than most people will ever know. Fortunately, he's only forgotten the bits and protocols that are obsolete and irrelevant, retaining and expanding his ample knowledge in the areas that matter.

Do You Have These Challenges?

  • You were asked to design or build a state-of-the-art private or hybrid cloud infrastructure;
  • You don't want to make decisions based on biased information like vendor design guidelines;
  • You have to design optimal solutions without knowing the capacity, flexibility or reliability requirements;
  • You have to balance proven networking designs and architectures with the latest hyped-up technologies;
  • You're wondering whether technologies like whitebox switching or network automation apply to your environment;
  • Your CxO talks about containers and Docker, and you're wondering how they'll impact your infrastructure.
Matej Rehak, Systems Engineer at CSC Austria GmbH. participated in Autumn 2016 session
It was an excellent course. I really increased my knowledge about designing DC networks. Definitely worth the investment and yes, I would highly recommend this course to my colleauges. Looking forward to your upcoming courses Ivan.

How Is This Course Different?

  • Transparent and Vendor neutral, based on more than 25 years of design and deployment experiences;
  • Focused on real-world problems and optimal solutions, not technologies and products promoted by individual vendors;
  • Includes sample designs from existing next-generation data centers;
  • Meet other participants with the exact same challenges;
  • Discuss your challenges with other participants and the instructors, and get immediate feedback;
  • Gain personal access to experts with real-world experience of building the next-generation data center.

We'll Talk About…

  • Collecting the requirements
  • Impact of server virtualization techniques (VMs, containers)
  • Software-defined storage and its impact on network infrastructure
  • Virtualized networks and network services
  • Building optimal data center fabric
  • Private and hybrid clouds
  • Active-active and disaster recovery scenarios
Kurt Bales, Manager, Network Engineering at Twitter
Ivan has assisted me with several designs both for customers and those of a more conceptual nature. Ivan has also assisted me greatly with developing some of my technical presentations, acting as both inspiration and technical reviewer. Ivan brings with him a rich background in computer networking and a wealth of knowledge and experience that helps to pinpoint potential problems even in newer technologies. I would happily work with Ivan again on any projects that suited his experience (I'm yet to find a networking project that doesn't).

With This Course You'll Get

6 week certification course

  • 6 interactive online design/discussion sessions;
  • Downloadable recordings of all online sessions;
  • In-depth content for additional self-study.

Extra bonus material

  • Unlimited lifetime access to course-specific materials;
  • Lifetime access to all recordings of future design and guest speaker sessions;
  • Access to webinars and other materials related to every course module;
  • Reading lists and case studies;
  • Signed certificate-of-completion document for your career documentation files.


  • Access to Slack discussion group: work together & share experiences;
  • Membership in a private community: stay in touch long after the course & expand your network;
  • Group & individual assignments: work together & solve tough problems.

Access to experts

  • 4-5 live interactive sessions with leading industry experts. Including Q&A sessions;
  • Connect and discuss your challenges with experts in the networking field;
  • Real world case studies.

Support & guidance

  • Free email support with next-business-day turnaround throughout the course;
  • Slack group discussions;
  • Mastermind & hot-seat sessions: get expert and peer feedback on your toughest challenges

Want to know more?

Explore the detailed course agenda which includes:

  • Description of individual modules
  • Information on guest speakers
  • Recommended study materials

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We want to make this class as interactive as possible, so we limited the number of seats. Book yours today.

The Enthusiast price will be available only till we publish the first guest speakers for the Spring 2018 course, so don't wait and register now.

Instructor-led interactive online class starting on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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Enthusiast price $ 1390.00Monday, January 22nd, 2018
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Early Bird price $ 1690.00Not started
Regular tickets $ 1990.00Not started

Logistics Details

How much time will you need:

  • Online sessions will take 2-3 hours per week. All of them will be recorded, so you'll be able to watch them whenever it works for you even if you won't be able to attend the live sessions;
  • You might need up to 8 hours per week to study the background materials. However, you'll get most of the materials in advance, so you'll be able to study them over a longer period of time;
  • Finally, plan to spend some time doing group work and design assignments;
Online sessions usually take place on Tuesday or Thursday, and almost all of them start at 4PM Europe / 10AM EST / 7AM PST

Guest Speakers

Most live sessions include a guest speaker presentation followed by an extensive Q&A. The guest speakers in Spring 2017 course included:

Andrew LernerAndrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research focused on enterprise networking. Mr. Lerner covers network architecture and strategy, including data center networking, WAN, and application delivery controllers. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Lerner worked as a Senior Network Engineer and Architect, with responsibility for network architecture, design and implementation at a Fortune 1000 financial services organization for 9+ years.

More about Andrew…

Ed HorleyEd Horley is the VP of Engineering and the Practice Lead for IPv6 at Groupware Technology. He is the author of Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators from Apress and is a Pluralsight author. Ed is the current Co-Chair of the California IPv6 Task Force and speaks internationally on IPv6 at various conferences. He maintains a blog at where he covers technical topics of interest to him and is on twitter at @ehorley.

Matthias LuftMatthias Luft is a security researcher and heads the German security research company ERNW Research. He is interested in a broad range of topics (such as DLP, virtualization/cloud, and network security) while keeping up with the daily consulting and assessment work.

Scott LoweScott Lowe is a well-known author, blogger, speaker, podcaster (the Full Stack Journey podcast), and a 20+ year veteran of the IT industry. Scott has held a variety of roles over the course of his career, ranging from entry-level desktop support to CTO for a small start-up. He's currently an engineering architect on the NSX team at VMware, Inc., focusing on network virtualization, cloud computing, and related open source projects.

More about Scott…

Simon_RichardSimon Richard is a Research Director and Agenda Manager on the Gartner for Tech Professionals research team. He primarily covers data center and cloud networking. Mr. Richard focuses on helping customers evolve their data center architecture and management practices by leveraging new technologies, such as network virtualization, software-defined network (SDN), Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) and Ethernet fabrics.

Stephen FoskettStephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. His contributions to the enterprise IT community have earned him recognition as both a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

More about Stephen…

Thomas_WackerThomas Wacker,, has been architecting and engineering IP networks since early 1990s. He's held various positions with consultancies, providers and enterprises, focusing on network architecture, network automation, and security. Throughout his career, he’s followed his keen interest in what makes network technologies, designs and projects successful in fulfilling expectations. Most recently he's a member of the core design team for UBS' next generation network infrastructure program. He enjoys sharing his experience and insights into network topics in company trainings as well as at public events like DIGS.

Guest Speakers – Autumn 2016 sessions

Marjan BradeškoMarjan Bradeško, M.Sc., is Director of Learning Content Development at NIL Data Communications. He has always enjoyed helping people to achieve their competencies sharing his knowledge and experience through lectures and writing. As an enthusiastic instructor, presenter, speaker and proficient learning expert he has created and delivered numerous learning solutions. In the past years he has been a sales professional in content development, adding sales skills on top of more than two decades of technical experience in IT and networking (he is CCIE Emeritus #1556).

More about Marjan…

Elisa JasinskaElisa Jasinska has been automating large-scale networks for almost 10 years. She started her career at AMS-IX and was later involved in setting up various other Internet Exchanges. She implemented numerous traffic accounting and automation solutions for Internet Exchanges and CDN’s, she is actively involved in the internet community and regularly presents at conferences such as NANOG and RIPE.

Howard MarksIn over 25 years as an independent consultant Howard Marks built and/or reengineered server and storage infrastructures and networks for organizations from Borden Foods and The State University of New York at Purchase to accounting and law firms. He started testing and reviewing products at PC Magazine in the late 80s and has written hundreds of articles and product reviews for Network World, Network Computing and InformationWeek amongst others.

More about Howard…

Russ WhiteRuss White (CCIE #2635, CCDE 2007:001, CCAr) has more than twenty years' experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks. Across that time, he has co-authored more than forty software patents, has spoken at venues throughout the world, has participated in the development of several internet standards, has helped develop the CCDE and the CCAr, and has worked in Internet governance with the ISOC. Russ is currently a member of the Architecture Team at LinkedIn.

Ethan BanksEthan Banks is a 20+ year IT veteran who’s worked in enterprises as a consultant, engineer, and architect. Ethan co-hosts the technical Packet Pushers podcast on data networking, and Datanauts podcast on infrastructure engineering heard by thousands of engineers every week. Follow him on Twitter @ecbanks, and find out more about him at and

Mitja RobasMitja Robas (IT architect at NIL) is a data center expert, with more than fifteen years of experience in designing, implementing and supporting high-demand data centers, and complex networks and virtualization solutions deployed all over the world. Apart from field and consulting engineer role, he acts also as an instructor and content developer for specialized courses and workshops, sharing his knowledge with engineers around the world. Recently he's been focusing on all-flash storage, HCI, SDN, automation and cloud computing, exercising his curiosity in testing and analyzing those solutions.

At a Glance

  • High-intensity interactive online course;
  • 6 week course spread across ~2 months;
  • Live design and guest speaker sessions;
  • Design assignments and group work;
  • Final course completion certificate.

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