Where Will Cloud Computing Be in 5 years?

ECPI University | Cloud ComuputingIf you’re looking into careers in the Computer and Information Science field, odds are you’ll encounter cloud computing. The cloud computing industry has exploded over the past few decades; in 2013, nearly 60% of businesses spent at least 10% of their budgets on cloud services (according to IBM). With this in mind, computer and information science enthusiasts should have a basic understanding of the cloud computing industry and might even consider pursuing a career in cloud computing services.

What is cloud computing?

Traditionally, computer resources have been sold as products. Businesses purchase hardware, software, networking, databases, and meters directly from computing companies, installing them in their offices and monitoring them directly and locally. This requires businesses to make heavy upfront investments in their computer systems and maintenance and to hire staff or vendors to maintain, troubleshoot/repair, and upgrade systems. [Read more...]

Helping Girls “Get” IT

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ECPI University’s Newport News campus and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development hosted more than 40 young ladies from Bethel High School in Hampton for a very special event called “Girls Get IT.” It’s a program designed to expose teenage girls to careers in information technology and engineering.

Today’s event featured a problem solving exercise whereby students utilized technology to overcome theoretical challenges, as well as a slate of guest speakers. One of those speakers was ECPI University alum Nikki Tarnacki who works as a Network Engineer for NCI, Inc. at Langley Air Force Base.  ”This program meets a tremendously important need,” says ECPI Newport News Campus President Dr. John Olson. “The number of women in STEM fields is disproportionately low. So, we hope that events like this will broaden awareness and encourage these young ladies to pursue careers in IT and engineering.”



ECPI Graduate Co-Authors Book on VMware vSphere

It’s been just eight short years since ECPI University graduate Harley Stagner received his BA in Management Information Systems, but he is already making a name for himself. A Richmond-Moorefield Campus graduate, he has just co-authored a book titled Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments. In it, he and co-author Sean Crookston offer start-to-finish lessons for vSphere planning, implementation, operation, management, and troubleshooting.

Content includes:
•    Building a strong foundation for virtual infrastructure
•    Smoothly integrating vSphere 5 into current environments and considerations
•    Establishing a more stable infrastructure
•    Choosing hardware and making optimal configuration decisions
•    Transforming VMware design from blueprint to completion
•    Operating vSphere solutions more efficiently on a day-to-day basis
•    Automating tasks and maximizing availability
•    Streamlining the installation of updates, patches, and upgrades
•    Forecasting and planning capacity on an ongoing basis to support growth
•    Overcoming roadblocks on the journey to 100% virtualization
•    Monitoring vSphere 5 with tools provided by VMware and its community
•    Discovering the most valuable and current online VMware resources
•    Examples using Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

Harley is the only VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) in Central Virginia, and the 46th in the world. He is currently a DC Solutions Engineer with TBL Networks in Glen Allen,Virginia.

ECPI University Hosts Fort Eustis Soldiers

ECPI is proud to support our troops at Fort Eustis! Today, members of the 7th Sustainment Brigade spent the day at our Newport News campus attending an ICND1 Cisco class led by former ECPI student SPC. Preston Hall. ECPI was happy to donate the space and equipment to help our soldiers improve their skills.

Girls Get IT – Moorefield Campus Uses Group to Educate and Encourage

One of the top paying career fields is Information Technology and it’s no secret that it is and has historically been, a male dominated field.  With inspiration from a program originally created by Cisco®, ECPI is taking full advantage of its CIS Department Head and female role model, Mrs. Iantha Finley-Malban, to create their own original program called “Girls Get IT”.

A little play-on words for a program that exposes young women to the amazing world of Information Technology, this program consists of a small panel of female professionals from the industry sharing their experiences with young ladies.  Discussing anything from why they chose the field, to what their education was like, to what role they play, and how they got to where they are today, the young girls have an interactive dialogue with strong female leaders in their area.

After discussion and questions, participants are broken up into groups.  Each group is given a unique IT issue to discuss and try to solve, with one of the professionals helping them brainstorm, after which everyone comes back together as a group and shares the newly learned information.  ECPI also provides pizza during the small groups to continue the energy flow!

The students end up leaving energized and excited about the possibilities of their future, the panelist are equally enthusiastic about encouraging another generation, and ECPI has a blast sponsoring the event, creating strong ties between the campus and the community.