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  • Courses to aid IT careers

    10 September 2013

    IT is the backbone of any successful business, and offers promising careers to those who wish to put their practical skills to good use without a formal education. Total Training Solutions offer courses for a range of IT skills, allowing you to specialise in a particular field or brush up on an area that requires improvement.

    For those wishing to get a handle on one of the two major operating systems, we have courses for both Apple and Microsoft available. For anyone wanting to specialise in one operating system over the other, these qualifications can act as a recognisable certification to potential employers and can make your CV stand out amongst others. Alternatively, a basic knowledge of one of the two systems is often essential for many careers today - not just in IT - due to the increasing use of computers in the workplace, and a certified qualification to demonstrate a solid understanding of either Microsoft or Apple OS X can enhance your prospects in almost any field.

    We also offer classes in online security, an increasingly marketable skill, particularly in council offices and schools, where network security and disaster recovery are vital. Similarly, we offer a variety of Oracle-based classes. Oracle’s database functions are used in offices across the country, including most government run establishments, and an expert knowledge of the programme can therefore fast-track you to a successful IT career.

    Our fast and affordable courses can help you make the most of your CV, and make a head start with your chosen career. While formal education may not be for everyone, a quick, easy, yet reputable qualification can only be advantageous to your prospects. Visit our course catalogue to view our full range of courses, and if you’ve got any enquiries, feel free to contact us on 0800 612 1299 or drop us an email at info@tts-uk.com.

  • What is VSphere?

    05 December 2013

    Total Training Solutions offer a range of courses in VMware, and more specifically VSphere. The recent release of VSphere 5.5 has reignited interest in the system and its capabilities. But what exactly is VSphere and how could it be beneficial for your business?

    VSphere is a virtualisation platform, allowing you to run multiple virtual machines on a single piece of hardware. These virtual machines can then run Windows, OS X, Linux, etc, regardless of the hardware manufacturer. VSphere offers these virtualisation capabilities on a grand scale, created specifically for cloud computing, making it a perfect system for larger teams. So why could this be useful for you or your business or organisation?

    In today’s society, where any successful business relies on computers and networking, most organisations will already have multiple servers running simultaneously, each on its own piece of hardware. However, the chances are that most of these machines are not being used to their full potential. Through making the most of the capabilities of each piece of hardware, Vsphere can result in lower maintenance costs for hardware, greater energy and cost efficiency, and easier expandability.

    In this difficult financial time, many organisations and businesses are trying to increase efficiency in any way possible. An investment in a course such as VSphere can actually save you money in the long run. We offer a number of courses centred around VMware and VSphere, including classes on installing, configuring and managing the system, overviews for those new to the system, and fast-track courses for both version 4.0 and 5.0.

    VSphere is the world’s leading virtualisation platform for building cloud infrastructures - if, like thousands of others, you too feel that you or your employees could benefit from training in VSphere, give Total Training Solutions a call. We can suggest which course would be perfect for you, and in only a matter of days, you too could have a certification in VSphere. Due to the popularity of the system, your skills are sure to be transferable, and may even give you an edge over competitors when job-hunting.

    Give us a call on 0800 612 1299 for more information on our VSphere 5.5 and VSphere 5.0 courses or contact us via our website. To view the full range of courses available, visit our course directory - we cover locations throughout the UK so nobody misses out on the most professional business training.

  • The benefits of virtualisation

    10 December 2013

    Those who are new to the idea of virtualisation may be confused as to why they would need it - what it contributes to the workplace, and in what way it could be advantageous for a company or organisation. There are multiple benefits to virtualisation and to a subsequent cloud computing system such as VSphere, but we believe these five are the most convincing reasons to switch to a virtualisation system…

    1) Virtualisation is eco friendly. Consolidating multiple virtual machines onto fewer physical servers means less power is needed - resulting in a smaller energy footprint. Less physical equipment is also needed, meaning less money needs to be spent, and nothing is wasted.
    2) A lot of money often goes into hardware so through reducing the amount of hardware being used, less needs to be spent. This saving also extends to electricity, maintenance and space costs.
    3) Less heat generated. All servers generate heat which can often cause multiple problems including software not functioning properly and fans breaking due to overuse. By reducing the number of servers through virtualisation, less heat is generated in the data centre, making heat-related problems much less likely.
    4) In the event of a disaster, virtualisation makes fixing it a much faster and smoother process. It also reduces the redeploy time should a physical server die. With virtualisation, you’re not reliant on having a backup server ready or having up to date data on that server - you will be up and running again in minutes.
    5) You’re not tied down to one software vendor. Have a PC but prefer OS X? Not a problem. This allows for much more flexibility and customisation.

    The main thing an organisation takes away from virtualisation is efficiency. Through using hardware to its maximum capability, less money is wasted and you know you’re not wasting any of your machines. Any system which can save a company time, money and energy is a valuable one, which is why virtualisation has been such a game-changer in IT.

    TTS offer a number of courses in VMWare, so you too can benefit from this technology. We also have a range of VSphere courses, including the new VSphere 5.5, for total cloud computing efficiency. To learn more about the courses we have available, visit our course directory. If you have any questions, give us a call on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website.

  • What's new with VSphere 5.5?

    19 December 2013

    VMware is the market leader when it comes to virtualisation, so it comes as no surprise that the release of vSphere 5.5 has been something of a game-changer. But what’s new to vSphere 5.5 and why could your company benefit from training in this state of the art technology? These are just a handful of the updates to 5.5:

    • Doubled Host-Level Configuration Maximums
    • Improved Power Management
    • Hot-pluggable PCIe SSD Devices
    • Graphics Acceleration for Linux Guests
    • vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO)
    • vSphere App HA
    • vSphere Flash Read Cache
    • Traffic Filtering Enhancements
    • Enhanced Host-Level Packet Capture

    Many of the enhancements and updates to the vSphere system have been put into place as a response to real customer feedback, requests and complaints. For this reason, vSphere 5.5 is arguably the most user-friendly and intuitive vSphere edition to date. And with the new year fast approaching, what better time to invest in vSphere training for your organisation?

    vSphere ensures maximum efficiency in your data centre - both in terms of cost and energy. Reducing the amount of hardware that is being wasted and underused, and in turn, reducing the amount of hardware required, lowers outgoing costs spent on maintenance and repairs. It’s also environmentally friendly, reducing your company or organisation’s energy footprint. And due to the usability of 5.5, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll be getting training in the most cutting edge and efficient virtualisation product on the market.

    Whether the training is for yourself in order to get vSphere 5.5 up and running in your organisation or to introduce your colleagues and employees to the system, give Total Training Solutions a call. We have a range of courses available for most vSphere systems, including the brand new 5.5, so check out our course directory to see which one feels right for you and your business. Give us a call on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website if you have any questions or queries - we’d be happy to help.

  • Which vSphere 5.5 course is right for me?

    27 December 2013

    So - you have decided to invest in a vSphere 5.5 certification. But which one is right for you? The two courses we offer which specifically focus on vSphere 5.5 are the Install, Configure and Manage course and the What’s New course.

    What’s New 5.5 explores the new features and upgraded elements of the latest version of vSphere. This course is recommended to those upgrading from 4.0 or 4.1 to 5.5 as it gives a thorough overview of not only the changes made to the most recent version, but also the differences between the 4.x and 5.x versions of vSphere. The two day course aims to educate trainees in all the main functions of vSphere 5.5 and give them the skills to be able to utilise them. Ideal candidates for the qualification are system administrators, IT managers, system architects (all at a professional level) and anyone responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments. Over a two day period, this professional qualification will give participants the skills to be able to implement all they learn about 5.5 in their work environment and improve the efficiency of an organisation.

    Install, Configure, Manage 5.5, unlike What’s New, does not require a qualified knowledge of an earlier vSphere system - just administration experience on a Microsoft or Linux operating system and an understanding of the concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course. Therefore, if you’re installing vSphere for the first time using 5.5, this could be the course for you. The course is targeted at system administrators, system engineers and operators of ESXi and vCenter Server, and aims to educate trainees in the functions of vSphere 5.5. By the end of the five day course, those qualified will be able to successfully install and manage vSphere 5.5, even without prior vSphere experience.

    Whichever course you feel is right for you, Total Training Solutions have you covered. We offer only the most professional and respected qualifications, for an affordable price, so you know that you’re getting an expert education and that your hard work will be recognised. Take a look at our full range of vSphere courses or alternatively, visit our course directory for our entire catalogue. If you have any questions about vSphere courses or to discuss your options, give us a call on 0800 612 1299 or visit our contact page.

  • Who are Cisco?

    04 April 2014

    Born out of San Francisco, Cisco is a multinational corporation which designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment. Their products can be easily separated into three main categories: the corporate market, small businesses and the home user. This essentially means that Cisco has every potential user covered, making them one of the most successful and well-known corporations in the world. Whether it’s virtualisation software, routers, network storage systems or broadband, the chances are you have encountered or used Cisco technology at some point. And in a world where technology is at the forefront of every successful business, venture or career, Cisco qualifications are becoming more and more popular - sometimes as an alternative to costly university degrees.

    One of the most popular Cisco qualifications (and offered by Total Training Solutions), CCNA, is so sought after that individuals within the computer networking industry are usually expected to have a certification. Whether you have decades of networking experience, or are just branching out into the field, a CCNA certification can give you a more in-depth understanding of the concepts used, as well as being able to move higher up the career ladder, achieve other more advanced qualifications and even in certain circumstances be eligible for a salary increase.

    The training and testing of a CCNA certification have been specifically engineered to develop knowledge and skills, in order to add value to an organisation’s network. The exams evaluate ability in all areas, ensuring that only those who have truly gained something from the training are able to pass and make use of their qualification. Contrary to popular belief, the high number of engineers with a CCNA qualification is not a reflection on how easy it is to gain - but rather an indication of what it can teach those just starting out in the network business, and what it can do for their career.

    However, the CCNA is not the only Cisco qualification available. There are now dozens of alternative certifications, many of which are available from Total Training Solutions. Courses in specific areas of Cisco technology such as Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers or Implementing Cisco Data Centre Application Services are available for those with a more general Cisco knowledge and wanting to develop a particular skill. Boot Camp courses are ideal for those with a busy lifestyle who want a more concentrated version of the course.

    View the full range of Cisco courses offered through Total Training Solutions, or visit our course directory for all available qualifications. You can also contact us with any queries on 0800 612 1299 or at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Cisco certification levels

    10 April 2014

    Many of the highest paid professionals in the IT and networking industry are equipped with a Cisco certification, making it a highly desirable qualification. However at first glance, the number of Cisco qualifications available can be overwhelming - which one is right for you?

    As we mentioned last week, the system of Cisco certifications has been cleverly engineered, not only to ensure that those who achieve a qualification come away with the highest level of transferable skills and knowledge possible, but also to allow professionals at all levels to excel. The list of Cisco certifications available is divided into levels - Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert and Architect - generating an easily identifiable system of ability in Cisco technology and encouraging those who are already Cisco certified to want to move up the ladder.

    Entry level certifications, as the name would suggest, act as a starting point for those who want to begin a career as a networking professional. The CCENT (or Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification is one of two Entry certifications and teaches candidates how to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network - perfect for entry-level network support positions and a great foundation for a more successful networking career.

    The Associate level qualifications come in the form of CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) certifications, which all lead onto specific paths. After achieving an Entry level certification, individuals are then able to choose a skill set (network design, routing and switching, security etc.) and pursue an Associate level qualification in that field. This level of certification is ideal for those moving up the career ladder and beginning to specialise in a particular element of networking.

    The Professional level is more advanced, and demonstrates an expertise in the individual’s particular skill set. Again, this could be security, network design, network implementation, data centre or wireless focused. Examinations at this level test for a wider range of networking skills, and simultaneously for a deeper knowledge in all areas. As a result, a Professional qualification meets the needs of a greater variety of job roles, and makes for a more employable networking professional.

    Once you achieve a Professional level certification, you are then on track to achieve a CCIE (or Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert), one of the most prestigious networking certifications in the industry, and then an Architect accreditation - the highest level of certification in networking achievable. Qualifications at both levels demonstrate extreme skill and an ability which is recognised and sought after at some of the biggest and most renowned organisations world wide.

    If you are interested in entering the networking industry, and are looking for a qualification to help you get on your way, or indeed if you’re already a professional hoping to take the next step in your career, contact Total Training Solutions today to discuss the Cisco certifications we have available. Give us a call on 0800 612 1299 or send us a message through our website. Alternatively, you can visit our course directory to browse the full range of courses we have available.

  • Which Cisco path should I take?

    17 April 2014

    As we outlined last week, the system of Cisco certifications has been expertly engineered. The qualifications act as a ladder, moving from Entry to Architect level, and are split into several “paths”. Each path covers a different networking field, such as Security, Routing and Switching, Voice and Wireless LAN, allowing candidates to choose a field of study and move up the ladder in that field, generating an in-depth, specialised knowledge. However it can be difficult to choose which path to take.

    Many argue that Routing and Switching is the best route as it is the basis for all other certifications and at the core of all networking, regardless of technology. The Routing and Switching path begins with the basics of networking and builds up to more complex skills - planning, operating and troubleshooting complex, converged network infrastructures. Arguably, this is a more useful certification as a specialist knowledge in such a fundamental skill will always be sought after in the networking field, whereas demand for the other elements may fluctuate as technology changes and develops.

    The changes in technology over recent years have resulted in a boom in the popularity of security qualifications. Security engineers have responsibility for router, switch, networking device and appliance security, as well as choosing, deploying, supporting, and troubleshooting firewalls, VPNS, and IDS/IPS solutions for their networking environments. This type of security is becoming a much larger concern, with organisations willing to spend more time and money on ensuring maximum network safety. With more and more businesses being run electronically and most using cloud technology in their day-to-day operations, networking security is in high demand, and is becoming a highly profitable area of work.

    However, when questioning which route you should take, the answer should always be whichever one is right for you. Simply taking a route because it is profitable is likely not to get you very far, whereas choosing an area which you enjoy and in which you excel, will allow you to move further up both the Cisco certifications ladder, as well as the career ladder. The Cisco system of certifications is designed to motivate, rewarding knowledge and ability through prestigious qualifications, and a lack of passion for your field will only hold you back in this regard.

    If you’re still not sure which path to take, Cisco offers a short questionnaire to determine which certification is best for you and your career. View the list of Cisco certifications available through Total Training Solutions - we have an extensive list of choices, from Entry level to Specialist. You can also view our entire range by visiting the course directory page. If you have any questions about our range of Cisco certifications, or any other Total Training Solutions courses, call us on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Cisco entry level success stories

    24 April 2014

    Due to the structure of Cisco qualifications, and the emphasis on developing your skills to the highest level, it can be easy to assume that success in the networking field is only possible if you attain an Expert level certification. However this is not the case. Having a Cisco certification, regardless of level, on your CV has the potential to improve your career. The Cisco website has a number of success stories from those with Entry and Associate level certifications to demonstrate the ways in which a qualification with Cisco can turn your working life around…

    Adrian Cassar, a networking engineer for Budweiser in London, originally planned to pursue a degree in psychology, however he was beginning to feel as though he was lacking direction. After researching Cisco, he found a passion for networking and earned his CCNA certification. His Entry level qualification helped him get his current job at one of the biggest beverage companies in the world, and he is now working on implementing a wireless network at Budweiser’s London headquarters. He said,

    “Budweiser encourages certifications and gives time off for test taking and classes. At the end of the day, the company wants zero outages, and that’s where the knowledge that comes with certification and training is essential.”

    Cisco is not only recognised in the UK. Companies all over the globe hold Cisco in high regard, and a certification in Cisco can help you find a career anywhere in the world. Roosevelt Berry’s incredible success story, From Refugee to Cisco Certified Professional, maps a journey from a refugee camp in Ghana, where his first priority was “to keep the breath in my body” to his former home in Liberia, armed with both the knowledge and the skills to begin a career in networking. Roosevelt’s story demonstrates how a Cisco education can be the all-important stepping stone between a desire to learn more about the sector and building a career within it.

    Not everyone can work their way to an Expert level. And not everybody needs to. While Cisco encourages personal development, even the most basic level of certification requires talent and dedication, and most organisations are aware of the hard work put in by those with a certification on their CV, along with the practical skills they will be able to bring to the table. If you are interested in finding out more about what a Cisco qualification could do for you, contact Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299. View our full range of Cisco courses and if you have any enquiries you can always email us at info@tts-uk.com.

  • How to Fight Back Cyber Security Crime

    11 August 2016

    How to Fight Back Cyber Security Crime in your business – Are you ready?
    The global problem of Cyber Security is a worry to all companies. In the UK whilst Cyber Crime is on the increase due to cloud, mobile computing and the Internet, the professional Cyber Security skill sets are lagging behind. Following a joint study undertaken recently by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 75% of IT Specialists in the UK believe there is a shortage in cyber security talent.
    Companies throughout are struggling to recruit and maintain a expert pool of cyber security professionals and many believe that this has added to the upsurge in hacking incidents as the hackers know that some companies’ cyber security is not strong enough to cope.
    A safe cyber security environment requires a robust workforce. Companies need to act quickly to fix the problem by looking to the future this skills shortage can be abated with improvements in education, staff diversity, training opportunities, security technology and data collection. A synchronised effort is fundamental to overcome the cyber threats and create the more secure environment that business requires.

    If you need to upgrade your skills we offer a comprehensive range of training courses, including the CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional course. You can find out more about our complete range of courses via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

     

  • IS UNIVERSITY THE ONLY CHOICE?

    18 August 2016

    It’s August and along with the warmer weather comes the A & AS level results for many thousands of England, Wales and Northern Ireland teenagers. This year, although pass rates are up, the number of A* and A grades have fallen slightly again. The traditional next choice for many is University and a degree, but getting a degree is not the only route into many careers and with the increase in some University fees to above the previous cap of £9,000 to £9,250 per annum it is not always the most cost effective for some.

    Although this year there are more University places available than ever, many top employers are opening up their recruitment to those leaving school with A-Levels. For someone looking to a career in Computer Science, for example, a 3 year degree course will only start you on the professional road. Employees in this field are looking for further vocational qualifications which can be easily gained by someone with A Levels alone. A report by Barclays and the Centre for Economics and Business Research has shown that those entering apprenticeships after leaving school have much higher lifetime earnings than those going into a graduate career.

    If you need to think seriously about an alternative to University then take a look at some of the industry accredited training courses here. You can find out more about our complete range via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

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