Juniper Networks is trying to alleviate the critical shortage of skilled networking professionals and expects to certify as many as 50 new technicians in the next couple of weeks.
"We realise there is a lack of Juniper skills in South Africa," says Andy Travers, director: channels in UK, Ireland and Southern Africa at Juniper Networks. "So we're offering our 170 registered resellers free technical accreditation training.
"By the end of the week, we will leave more than 50 certified people as well as local training resources."
Juniper, better known for its carrier-class networks, is focusing on delivering this high-performance networking technology into the enterprise market.
The enterprise market currently accounts for about one-third of the company's revenues, but it expects this two reach about a half within the next two years.
According to Hans-Peter Bauer, vice–president: enterprise at Juniper EMEA, high-performance networking infrastructure is a vital element for converged networks and to support high-performance businesses.
"They are about creating a responsive, trusted environment for applications across the network," he says. "They are designed to provide very fast, reliable and secure access to applications and services through a single network."