“As a founder of OpenStack and leading expert on the technology, we are listening to our customers’ and partners’ requests for a certification program for OpenStack to accelerate the learning curve of the technology,” said Tony Campbell, Rackspace’s director of training and certification for OpenStack. “With over 500 OpenStack related job openings on recruiting websites, an objective measure and qualification was a necessity for companies looking to hire candidates with proven OpenStack expertise.”
Rackspace currently offers a variety of public and private classes in which students learn how to use and operate OpenStack technology both in a public and Private Cloud environment. Each class is highly interactive and facilitated by OpenStack experts allowing students to practice actual OpenStack experience and real world expertise. In addition to the current training classes, Rackspace will be adding more tracks that will cover a range of topics in the areas of business, operations, development, architecture, community and ecosystem. The company will also provide training for anyone looking to deploy and utilize the Rackspace Private Cloud Software.
Certification on OpenStack
As OpenStack gains widespread adoption, individuals and employers require an objective measure for demonstrating an individual’s expertise on the technology. In order to fulfill that need, Rackspace is launching a certification program for application developers and DevOps engineers of OpenStack beginning with a Rackspace Certified Technician for OpenStack certification exam. This foundational certification is earned when an OpenStack professional has demonstrated the skills necessary to utilize and operate an OpenStack cloud.
Rackspace Certified Training Partners to Extend Training Reach
Through a certified training partner program, Rackspace expects to syndicate its OpenStack course offering in multiple languages and across various geographies. Partners who are certified under this program would deliver or resell Rackspace developed and branded training courses for OpenStack. By coupling a diverse network of partners and the OpenStack expertise of Rackspace, the Rackspace Certified Partner Program is expected to have the capability to deliver OpenStack training to students almost anywhere in the world. Rackspace will soon be accepting applications for training partners to deliver this certification.
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