Virtual computing enterprise solutions are used by many types of institutions, from universities and business campuses to libraries and police departments. The Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) credential, offered by one of the leading vendors of virtualization solutions for enterprise networks, can help IT workers gain the necessary knowledge and skill to implement and administrate the virtual desktops of today and tomorrow.
CCA certification for user terminals
Citrix offers virtual computing solutions for end-user terminals as well as servers and networks. Here's a list of CCA certification tracks for terminal-based solutions:
- XenDesktop 4
- XenDesktop 5
- XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2003
- XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008
- XenApp 6
Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator (CCAA) certification can also be earned on the XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 track, bolstering the skill set gained during CCA certification.
CCA certification for servers
XenServer 5.6 serves as the lone server-based solution for which CCA certification is available. With the importance of server-side processing and centralized application delivery to an efficient virtual computing network, the skills gained by training to configure and manage a virtualization server can help professionals keep the foundation of their virtual networks running smoothly.
CCA certification for networks
Network-based training for CCA certification comes in three flavors:
- NetScaler 9: Professionals who train in NetScaler technology learn how to deploy and maintain load balancing and network optimization solutions that can ratchet up the overall efficiency of application servers and cloud-based services.
- Application Firewall 8: CCA certification in Citrix's NetScaler Application Firewall allows personnel to ensure a high level of information security and intrusion prevention in an application delivery environment.
- Access Gateway 9 Enterprise Edition: Training in Access Gateway solutions allows professionals to confidently approach remote desktop and virtual private network SSL solutions in a wide range of implementation environments.
CCA certification and the job market
Computer and network system administrators are projected to see a healthy 23 percent increase in employment opportunities between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What's more, in the 2011 IT Skills and Salary Report published by IT training firm, Global Knowledge, puts professionals who hold CCA certification at a reported a median annual salary of $80,000.
Any IT professional looking to break into the emerging world of application and desktop virtualization for the business enterprise would do well to look into CCA certification.