It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for another Channel Partner Program Roundup, our weekly collection of channel partner program-related news. This week we’ve lassoed F5 Networks (FFIV), Red Hat (RHT) and AvePoint, so let’s get this roundup started.

F5 Networks: The application delivery networking vendor has teamed with the University of Phoenix to develop a non-credit Application Delivery Networking Certificate Program that aligns to the topics covered on the F5-BIG-IP Fundamentals exam. University of Phoenix will be offering five new courses that provide the knowledge that is foundational to F5 certifications.

The coursework is software and hardware-agnostic, which allows students to develop transferrable skills in application delivery networking. The program also features a virtual learning and lab environment to allow demonstration and practice of concepts on F5 products, including F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager and BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition.

The program is expected to be available online only this summer, and features the following courses:

  • ADNCE/2010 Introduction to Application Delivery Networking
  • ADNCE/2020 The Role of Networking in ADN Solutions
  • ADNCE/2030 The Role of Applications in ADN Solutions
  • ADNCE/2040 The Role of Security in ADN Solutions
  • ADNCE/2050  Application Delivery Networking Capstone

The F5 and University of Phoenix partnership follows the ongoing expansion of the F5 Certified! Professional Certification Program, focused on the application delivery discipline.

Red Hat: The open source vendor announced the winners of the seventh annual Red Hat Innovation Awards, which recognizes customers, partners and communities for their outstanding use, innovation and extension of Red Hat technology.

The Red Hat Innovation Awards finalists are recognized in seven separate categories, and category winners were selected by a panel of experts and ranked based on the uniqueness, complexity and magnitude of their Red Hat implementation.

The award winners are:

  • Optimized Systems — Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Next Generation Business Application— Nación Servicios S.A.
  • Outstanding Open Source Architecture— Cigna
  • Superior Alternatives— Roche
  • Extensive Partner Ecosystem— Stylmark
  • Best Middleware Implementation— Spin Systems
  • Best Storage Implementation— Intuit

AvePoint: AvePoint Public Sector, an independent subsidiary ofAvePoint, vendor of governance, compliance and management solutions for social enterprise collaboration platforms, was named the recipient of the GOVTek Executive Government Technology Award for Best Collaboration Solution. The awards, given out by the Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA), were presented June 2 during the GOVTek Awards Gala in Cambridge, Md.

The awards are given to recognize government and industry IT leaders whose vision, innovation and remarkable accomplishments have improved efficiency, the delivery of government services, citizen engagement, information sharing and national security., according to GOVTek. AvePoint was also a finalist in three other categories: Best Security Solution; Excellence in Government Service; and Excellence in Industry/Government Collaboration.

And that’s this week’s roundup. Sidle on back next week to see what’s in next week’s news. Until then, stay safe.