8 Free Online Networking Classes

If you're looking to expand your networking skills, these courses offer instruction on SDN, cloud networking, network optimization, and other topics for free. What's better than that?

Crystal Bedell

November 29, 2016

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Without a doubt, the networking industry is undergoing tremendous change -- the biggest change it's seen in years. Trends such as software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing, for example, are influencing how networks are architected, managed and maintained.  More than ever, it's important that networking pros update their skills to keep up with the changing environment.

But how does a busy professional keep up? Training can require time away from work and home, and come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, today’s networking pros have another, more viable, option: free online courses.

Free online courses on a range of networking topics, including SDN concepts and cloud networking, are available from a variety of reputable organizations. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tries to make all of its course content available for free via OpenCourseWare (OCW). Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) provides free courses on Microsoft technologies taught by industry experts.

Other courses are offered by experienced professionals through third-party organizations, such as Coursera and Education Portal. With so many options, there’s no excuse to put off training and not boost your skill set for the future. In networking these days, you can't just rest on your Cisco certification, so take advantage of what's available to broaden your knowledge base.

Proof of completion and credits vary widely amongst these and other training organizations, so be sure to read the fine print if that is important to you. 

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About the Author(s)

Crystal Bedell

Crystal Bedellfreelance writer

Crystal Bedell is a freelance technology writer specializing in security, cloud computing and mobility. As the principal of Bedell Communications, she helps technology providers and IT media companies create engaging thought leadership content. Prior to launching Bedell Communications, Crystal worked for TechTarget where she was the editor of SearchSecurity.com for eight years. She is based in Spokane, Wash., where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

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