Leading technology training organisation IIHT launched a cloud-based ‘Learning-as-a-Service’ cloud computing training programme using Microsoft virtualisation technologies here today.

IIHT’s cloud computing programme — which was developed in collaboration with IT major Microsoft — will cater to the growing demand for trained and certified cloud computing experts in the IT industry, the company MD and CEO, Mr Keshava Raju, told reporters.

IIHT will train and certify 100,000 cloud professionals globally, including in India, over the next three years, Mr Raju said, adding “This service platform is accessible anywhere, anytime and on any device instantly, on demand.”

The service supports up to 20,000 individuals on the cloud at a time and subscribers only need to pay on use, he said.

During his visit to India last year, Microsoft CEO, Mr Steve Ballmer, had announced that cloud computing would generate 300,000 jobs in India over the next five years. Gartner estimated that the cloud market would be worth $150 billion by 2013.

IIHT, which also launched a one-of-its-kind certification programme, IIHT Certified Cloud Expert, and Microsoft Corporation have also announced a strategic tie-up.

Under the partnership, IIHT will integrate highly sought-after licensed Microsoft course content into its career and short-term courses, Microsoft Learnings Senior Regional Sales Director, Mr Kyle Uphoff, said.

Along with career and short-term IT courses, students will get the added advantage of Microsoft certification and training to enhance their skills and job opportunities, he said.

(This article was published on November 11, 2011)
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