The OpenStack Foundation has launched a new Training
Marketplace, making it easier to discover and participate in
training courses offered by technology providers in the OpenStack
ecosystem. Aptira, hastexo, The Linux Foundation, Mirantis, Morphlabs,
Piston, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE and SwiftStack are the first companies
to have courses available in the Marketplace, with the goal of growing
the OpenStack talent pool and accelerating the availability of OpenStack
training courses worldwide.
OpenStack expertise continues to pay off, with OpenStack jobs
consistently paying higher wages and employers doubling the number of
job postings over the past year. The ecosystem has quickly responded to
help developers and operators gain these valuable skills, with dozens of
courses across 10 countries and 25 cities listed in the Marketplace at
launch. Future demand for OpenStack skills is only expected to grow,
with the BSA Global Cloud Scorecard predicting that 14 million cloud
jobs will be created by 2015.
“The goal of the Foundation is to eliminate barriers to OpenStack
adoption, create more OpenStack experts and ensure that OpenStack has a
positive impact on the careers of our community members,” said Jonathan
Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “We want to grow
the community, accelerate the availability of training programs
worldwide and help close the OpenStack job gap."
In order to offer courses in the Training Marketplace, companies must
meet requirements set by the Foundation, with the primary purpose of the
course being to contribute to, operate or build applications for an
OpenStack cloud. The training curriculum should provide a strong
understanding of the OpenStack core projects based on a current version
of the software, as well as cover community governance and contribution
In addition to paid and free training courses by companies in the
OpenStack ecosystem, there are many community efforts to produce helpful documentation,
how-to information and new Operations
guide books. There are also many educational sessions and hands-on
workshops scheduled for the next OpenStack
Summit, November 5-8, in Hong Kong. Workshops from previous Summits
are available to view online.
To find an OpenStack training course from the ecosystem of providers,
OpenStack is software for building clouds.
OpenStack clouds enable businesses to rapidly roll out new products, add
new features, and improve internal systems while preventing technology
lock-in as the only open source cloud platform that’s supported by
virtually every IT industry leader. Cisco WebEx, eBay, Intel, Paypal,
Sony, MercadoLibre, CERN, Comcast, Best Buy, Bloomberg and hundreds more
rely on OpenStack to run their businesses every day, reducing costs and
accelerating time to market.
OpenStack is backed by an independent Foundation and global community
with more than 11,000 individual members and 250 supporting
organizations across 130 countries.
For more information and to join the community, visit www.OpenStack.org.
"The people who build and run and contribute to the open source cloud
are what's powering the insane growth of OpenStack. Training is a huge
force multiplier," said Boris Renski, EVP and co-founder of Mirantis.
"We've seen hundreds and hundreds of technologists from all domains --
application developers, Linux hackers, sysadmins, network architects and
more -- attend our public and private courses, because they see
OpenStack as essential expertise, and because they trust the value of
committing their career development to open source."
"As OpenStack charges into datacenters around the world, the need for
educated administrators and users to take advantage of these clouds has
emerged," said Joshua McKenty, co-founder and CTO of Piston.
"Recognizing this need, Piston launched its OpenStack focused training
courses earlier this year and we are excited to be one of the first
companies to offer courses on the OpenStack Foundation's Training
"The Rackspace Training for OpenStack program is a comprehensive
curriculum designed to help expand worldwide adoption of the OpenStack
technology," said John Igoe, vice president of private cloud at
Rackspace. "Through working with customers and partners, we have seen
the increased demand for training and OpenStack skills in the IT
workplace. This is a very exciting time for OpenStack and we are pleased
to be one of the first companies to offer training courses in the
“Training for developers and operators on OpenStack Object Storage has
always been both important and in high demand.” said Joe Arnold, CEO of
SwiftStack. “The OpenStack Training Marketplace helps extend the reach
of the free training we provide with our OpenStack Swift Workshop days,
and compliments my book Software-Defined
Storage with OpenStack Swift."