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Free course targets candidates for network engineering jobs

Get prepared for a high-paying IT job. Deliver clean drinking water to developing countries.

That’s the pitch from newly opened IT training company NexGenT, which is offering a course that prepares budding tech workers for a networking certification exam for as little as a $5 donation.

The San Jose, Calif., startup partnered with Charity: Water, a nonprofit that funds clean-water initiatives worldwide, hoping to rake in donations — and new business, said NexGenT’s David Torres, who goes by the title of growth marketer.

The monthlong course, which has a list price of $997, gets help desk technicians, network admins or other IT apprentices ready for CompTIA’s Network+ certification, a useful, but not mandatory, credential for getting network engineering jobs.

“It not only prepares you and helps you get a job, but it also gives you a very strong general foundation of networking,” Torres said. Whether the recently launched two-in-one freebie — jumpstart an IT career and help provide safe drinking water to people in need — will prove irresistible is an open question.

In any case, people who take NexGenT up on its course-for-donation offer can enroll, schedule a Network+ examination date with CompTIA, pass it and, the industry organization holds, confidently put themselves out on the market. But they will also get pitched NexGenT’s flagship offering, Zero to Engineer, an intensive, $12,500 online program designed to get people ready for an IT career in three to six months, no matter what their level of competency.

Network engineer boot camp
Students take part in a five-day network engineering boot camp at NexGenT’s San Jose, Calif., campus in April.

One word: Networks

Network engineering — planning and designing the computer networks that support the flow of data and communication and, essentially, enable modern organizations to function — is NexGenT’s educational focus at a time when the astronomic popularity of coding boot camps has shown signs of leveling off amid shifting employer demand. The network, Torres said, is where a lot of tech’s future lies — with the expected millions upon millions of devices that will hook into the internet of things in the future, “we need more people that know how to manage all this information.”

According to a CompTIA study on IT skills, released in May, companies are having the most trouble attracting and retaining emerging tech skills such as artificial intelligence and automation, with 59% of companies seeing a moderate or significant skills gap. In software development, it’s 55%. The shortage is less acute for network engineering and systems administrator jobs, with 44% of companies having trouble pinning down the right skills — but a skills gap is a skills gap.

And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there will be a 6% increase in the number of network and systems admin jobs between 2016 and 2026, close to the 7% average projected growth of all jobs together.

NexGenT aims to not just widen the pool of people poised for network engineering jobs but to also bolster the skills themselves by turning out “full-stack network engineers,” which it describes as IT pros with a mastery of core routing and switching but also cybersecurity, cloud, automation, virtualization and voice over IP.

Network engineer boot camp
NexGenT co-founder Jacob Hess (right) speaks with Edgar Montes, a student in a five-day network engineering boot camp at the training company’s campus in San Jose, Calif.

Gunning for $100K

The company’s goal is to get people to “break the six-digit salary figure as soon as possible,” Torres said. That can be done in four years, he said — and with network engineers bringing in an average starting salary of $70,147, according to salary and benefits website PayScale, that seems doable.

NexGenT also wants its students to land network engineering jobs without racking up a huge amount of school debt. The flagship course costs $12,500 for its online-only modules that include the ins and outs of IT architecture and networking, protocols and technologies, a keystone networking project and a community of mentors. For $15,500, students can add a five-day boot camp at the San Jose campus, where they will set up, configure and secure networking equipment.

The cost isn’t peanuts, but it’s low compared with the tens of thousands of dollars in loans students are leaving college with today. The company offers discounts and payment plans to help with tuition, Torres said.

Military, NFL pedigree

NexGenT was founded by Terry Kim and Jacob Hess, who were IT instructors in the U.S. Air Force, training people “who in most cases didn’t have any IT experience, to be ready to work on tactical networks in just a few months,” Hess said in a statement.

The company graduated from startup accelerator AngelPad and got seed funding from Liquid 2 Ventures, an investment fund run by former NFL quarterback Joe Montana.

The Zero to Engineer program has 143 students. The company hasn’t posted a job placement rate yet, since students are still in the program, which started in February. There are success stories on its website, though, Torres said — they belong to graduates of a beta-version course offered last year. And there’s Kevin Lee, a project manager who had “absolutely zero experience” in IT and is now a network engineer at Samsung.

The Network+ course, meanwhile, has drawn 110 people since the offer launched earlier this month, and NexGenT will be ramping up its online and social media ad campaigns in coming weeks.

Microsoft empowers Windows containers to erase OS divide

Linux and Windows used to be like oil and water, but new approaches to Windows containers will find a way to blend them.

Containers are increasingly important to achieve DevOps velocity. Containerization pulls provisioning and configuration management data into the container image so apps don’t look to the host OS for that information. As intelligence gets baked into containers, the host OS becomes less important to manage the environment.

Windows containers must still catch up to the state of the art in Linux, where containers originated. But as the technology develops, traditionally separate Linux and Windows operations will begin to meld behind container orchestration software.

“Whether you’re on a Linux or Windows environment, you don’t have to worry as much about how you’re building the server,” said Andy Domeier, director of technology operations at SPS Commerce, a communications network for supply chain and logistics businesses based in Minneapolis. “You can use the same host image across [OS] platforms because you don’t have to worry about individual configuration needs for apps.”

Microsoft, which saw this trend coming, has jettisoned its Windows-only focus. Recent versions of products such as Azure Container Instances (ACI), ASP.NET Core 2016, Azure Web App for Containers, and the Azure App Service all support Linux and containers. Docker’s Enterprise Edition release in August 2017 also added support for clusters and multi-tier apps made up of a mix of Linux and Windows components.

“[Microsoft is] a cloud operating system company and all their focus is on selling compute and storage in Azure,” said Chris Riley, DevOps analyst at Fixate IO, a content strategy consulting firm based in Livermore, Calif., and a TechTarget contributor. “If Microsoft embraces open source and makes it easier to develop, then it’s going to get easier to get applications into Azure and increase adoption.”

If Microsoft embraces open source and makes it easier to develop, then it’s going to get easier to get applications into Azure and increase adoption.
Chris RileyDevOps analyst, Fixate IO

Longtime Windows shops said Linux may be the more efficient choice for future container-based app development pipelines.

“We’re looking to break down some of our bigger apps into microservices to run on OpenShift Origin [container management platform], and for those microservices we’re looking into Linux-based databases,” said Aloisio Rocha, operations specialist at NetEnt, an online gaming systems service provider in Sweden. “We’ve found that, for a large amount of data, we don’t need all the functionality that comes with Windows, and Windows databases are a bit too bloated.”

For Microsoft, containers recapture lost time

OS convergence is likely, especially among IT organizations that want DevOps on Microsoft systems, but there’s still work to do if Windows containers are to achieve parity with Linux. Microsoft is comparatively late to the containers game, with Docker container support first generally available in Windows Server 2016. Windows support for container orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes and ACI remains in the preview stage.

“Microsoft is trying to do progressive things and they’re taking the right kind of steps,” said Brandon Cipes, managing director of DevOps at cPrime, an Agile consulting firm in Foster City, Calif. “But if you want a good indicator of how containers are still hard for them, ACI is debuting on Linux and not Windows.”

Microsoft’s strategy for different versions of the Windows OS has also been in flux as the company strives to make Windows container images more efficient. The company revealed in August 2017 that it will no longer support its Nano Server operating system on host servers, but reserve the micro OS for use as a base image inside containers, while Server Core serves as the primary Windows OS for hosts.

“By removing components relating to hardware, and operating system parts which are not needed inside a container, Microsoft thinks it can make the Nano Server container smaller,” explained Thomas Maurer, cloud architect for Switzerland-based ItnetX, a consulting firm that works with large enterprise clients in Europe. “This will make the startup of the containers faster and cut down on their resource consumption.”

This is another area where Windows containers must catch up to their open source counterparts — several container-specific micro-operating systems are already generally available for Linux.

Beth Pariseau is senior news writer for TechTarget’s Data Center and Virtualization Media Group. Write to her at bpariseau@techtarget.com or follow @PariseauTT on Twitter.

For Sale – High Spec Rig (EK Watercooled) -6700k -GTX 1080 Strix -850 PRO 512GB SSD -ASUS Formula VIII -M.2 SSD

I’m selling my gaming rig :(
I built my rig last year as i fancied doing a new water cooled PC project, i also saw the new Thermaltake P3 case with wall mounted option, which i absolutely loved. It took a couple of months to complete, as i wanted it perfect and I’m very meticulous on PC builds or fussy (as some would say) ;) i completed the build in Sept. Unfortunately my priorities have changed and the money will come in very handy, so its time to sell. Virtually everything comes with warranties, original boxes, manuals and Invoices. Its all in Immaculate condition (check pics)
I want to sell the rig all together at this stage, the only thing I’m keeping is the RAM.

I am open to reasonable offers peeps!

£1950
£1,800

NOW: £1700

So performance wise, its a beastly setup. The first
Intel i7 6700k i bought new from Amazon didn’t overclock well, so i returned it. The replacement 6700k is great!! I’ve benched at 4.9ghz @1.4v in 3DMarks TimeSpy run fully completed (screen shot below). For 24/7 gaming, the sweet spot is 4.6ghz @1.3v, you can easily go to 4.8ghz but you need to add around 1.40+v, for me its not worth it, I prefer less volts and lower temps.

Asus GeForce GTX 1080 Strix EKWB Water Cooled Graphics card, overclocks immensely (see 3DMark scores below), thanks to my EK water cooled setup it allows me to push the hardware and whilst keeping the temps super low. I must stress the GTX 1080 EK WaterBlock was installed by OcUK team thus is covered by a full warranty, i paid £840 for the card and EK Blocks.

EK Predator 360 All-in-One has been modified with a more powerful EK DDC 3.2 PWM Elite pump and a better EK-Supremacy EVO Heatsink for maximum cooling performance. I also changed the tubing to 1/2″ for better flow rate and added 3x Corsair LED fans to the EK radiator, in a push/pull configuration. The original EK Predator radiator, res are all kept in.

SPEC & WARRANTY INFO
Intel i7 6700k
(25 Months Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Water Cooled with EK Plexi & EK Backplate (2 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box, Orig air heatsink & Invoice)

ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Formula – Z170 Mobo (2 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
Samsung 850 PRO – 512GB SSD (9 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
Samsung Polaris 256GB {SM961 NVME M.2} (27 Months Warranty – Invoice)
EK Water Blocks Predator 360 All In One [MODIFIED] (NO WARRANTY – Orig Tubing & Clips + Orig Box & Invoice)

-EK-Supremacy EVO – Nickel Water Block (1 Yr Warranty – Invoice)
EK DDC 3.2 PWM Elite Pump (1 Yr Warranty – Invoice)
Super Flower Leadex GOLD 750W [WHITE] {Fully Modular “80 Plus Gold”} PSU (4 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
Thermaltake Core P3 Snow Edition {ATX Wall-Mount} (1 Yr Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
3x Corsair ML120 PRO WHITE LED {Magnetic levitation} Fans (4 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
Seagate 500GB 7200rpm HD (NO WARRANTY – NO BOX or INVOICE)

Water Cooling Parts & Extras Included
3M EK PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 19/13mm, Clear Tube
6x EK Water Block EK-ACF fittings 19/13mm G1/4 – Blue
4x EK-ACF Fitting 13/19mm Soft Tube Compression Fitting G1/4, Black Nickel
2x EK-AF Angled 90° G1/4 Black Nickel
2x EK Water Block EK-CSQ Fitting (1/2″ID 3/4″OD) – G1/4 Black Nickel
EK-Ekoolant EVO UV BLUE Premix 1 Litre (Half Bottle Left)

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Price and currency: 1950 NOW £1700
Delivery:
Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Paypal – BT – Cash on Collection
Location: Bicester (Oxfordshire)
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For Sale – High Spec Rig (EK Watercooled) -6700k -GTX 1080 Strix -850 PRO 512GB SSD -ASUS Formula VIII -M.2 SSD

I’m selling my gaming rig :(
I built my rig last year as i fancied doing a new water cooled PC project, i also saw the new Thermaltake P3 case with wall mounted option, which i absolutely loved. It took a couple of months to complete, as i wanted it perfect and I’m very meticulous on PC builds or fussy (as some would say) ;) i completed the build in Sept. Unfortunately my priorities have changed and the money will come in very handy, so its time to sell. Virtually everything comes with warranties, original boxes, manuals and Invoices. Its all in Immaculate condition (check pics)
I want to sell the rig all together at this stage, the only thing I’m keeping is the RAM.

I am open to reasonable offers peeps!

£1950
£1,800

NOW: £1700

So performance wise, its a beastly setup. The first
Intel i7 6700k i bought new from Amazon didn’t overclock well, so i returned it. The replacement 6700k is great!! I’ve benched at 4.9ghz @1.4v in 3DMarks TimeSpy run fully completed (screen shot below). For 24/7 gaming, the sweet spot is 4.6ghz @1.3v, you can easily go to 4.8ghz but you need to add around 1.40+v, for me its not worth it, I prefer less volts and lower temps.

Asus GeForce GTX 1080 Strix EKWB Water Cooled Graphics card, overclocks immensely (see 3DMark scores below), thanks to my EK water cooled setup it allows me to push the hardware and whilst keeping the temps super low. I must stress the GTX 1080 EK WaterBlock was installed by OcUK team thus is covered by a full warranty, i paid £840 for the card and EK Blocks.

EK Predator 360 All-in-One has been modified with a more powerful EK DDC 3.2 PWM Elite pump and a better EK-Supremacy EVO Heatsink for maximum cooling performance. I also changed the tubing to 1/2″ for better flow rate and added 3x Corsair LED fans to the EK radiator, in a push/pull configuration. The original EK Predator radiator, res are all kept in.

SPEC & WARRANTY INFO
Intel i7 6700k
(25 Months Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Water Cooled with EK Plexi & EK Backplate (2 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box, Orig air heatsink & Invoice)

ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Formula – Z170 Mobo (2 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
Samsung 850 PRO – 512GB SSD (9 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
Samsung Polaris 256GB {SM961 NVME M.2} (27 Months Warranty – Invoice)
EK Water Blocks Predator 360 All In One [MODIFIED] (NO WARRANTY – Orig Tubing & Clips + Orig Box & Invoice)

-EK-Supremacy EVO – Nickel Water Block (1 Yr Warranty – Invoice)
EK DDC 3.2 PWM Elite Pump (1 Yr Warranty – Invoice)
Super Flower Leadex GOLD 750W [WHITE] {Fully Modular “80 Plus Gold”} PSU (4 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
Thermaltake Core P3 Snow Edition {ATX Wall-Mount} (1 Yr Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
3x Corsair ML120 PRO WHITE LED {Magnetic levitation} Fans (4 Yrs Warranty – Orig Box & Invoice)
Seagate 500GB 7200rpm HD (NO WARRANTY – NO BOX or INVOICE)

Water Cooling Parts & Extras Included
3M EK PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 19/13mm, Clear Tube
6x EK Water Block EK-ACF fittings 19/13mm G1/4 – Blue
4x EK-ACF Fitting 13/19mm Soft Tube Compression Fitting G1/4, Black Nickel
2x EK-AF Angled 90° G1/4 Black Nickel
2x EK Water Block EK-CSQ Fitting (1/2″ID 3/4″OD) – G1/4 Black Nickel
EK-Ekoolant EVO UV BLUE Premix 1 Litre (Half Bottle Left)

CLICK PICTURES TO ENLARGE

[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

Price and currency: 1950 NOW £1700
Delivery:
Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Paypal – BT – Cash on Collection
Location: Bicester (Oxfordshire)
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes (eBay)
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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