OpenStack Foundation Announces Certification Program For Cloud Admins

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OpenStack Foundation Announces Certification Program For Cloud Admins.

The OpenStack Foundation, the nonprofit behind the increasingly popular open-source cloud computing project, today announced the launch of a certification program for OpenStack cloud admins during its bi-annual developer conference. Given the complexity of OpenStack, which consists of a large number of sub-projects, it’s typically hard for businesses that want to adopt the technology for their cloud computing solutions to find qualified administrators.

The Foundation also made updates and continues to add products to the OpenStack Marketplace, also designed to help users more easily adopt the software. A few years ago, the Foundation launched a training marketplace that lists courses from major OpenStack vendors like RedHat, Mirantis and organizations like the Linux Foundation. With more than 25 cloud-related services or projects now under the OpenStack umbrella, one challenge for OpenStack users has been understanding the breadth of functionality available and maturity of each of these services. As OpenStack executive director Jonathan Bryce noted in his keynote today, this project has been very successful — but he also acknowledged that there is still a clear talent gap. The Project Navigator helps solve this by aggregating important information about each project—such as maturity, release schedule, packaging and documentation support—into an easy-to-navigate interface. “One of the primary reasons that the community reorganized the project into core and optional services was to simplify the process of architecting and deploying OpenStack-powered clouds,” said Mark Collier, COO, OpenStack Foundation. “Project Navigator takes this a step further by giving users new to our community a simple, graphical presentation of core and optional project information to help them quickly make informed decisions about the components they need in their own deployments.” Unveiled at OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, the Project Navigator helps new users easily differentiate between core services—the six projects most commonly deployed across every OpenStack cloud—and optional services they may or may not elect to deploy, depending on their use case.

This new certification process, which the Foundation developed with the help of representatives from over a dozen companies (including Canonical, Cisco, HP, Mirantis, Rackspace and SuSE), is meant to establish a baseline for the OpenStack admins. The Board’s decision to elect them our newest Gold Member reflects their community leadership and commercial success.” Foundation membership is limited to 24 Gold Members, who vote annually to select eight Board Directors representing the class.

These include big data, web hosting, eCommerce, high-throughput computing, public cloud and video processing and content delivery. “The Technical Committee has worked for most of this year on the transition from the integrated release to the big tent governance model, using tags to describe project attributes,” said Thierry Carrez, chair, Technical Committee, OpenStack Project. “Project Navigator is a useful tool that aggregates much of the TC’s work and presents it visually and succinctly. In addition to inwinSTACK, current Gold members are Aptira, CCAT, Cisco, Dell, DreamHost, EMC, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Mirantis, NEC, NetApp, Odin, Symantec and Yahoo!. The international event brings together users, developers, telceo/service provider visionaries and enterprise CIOs to collaborate on the future of the cloud computing. As OpenStack COO Mark Collier told me during a press conference after today’s keynote, the organization plans to look at offering similar certifications for OpenStack developers and other roles in the project’s ecosystem in the future.

Attendees participate in visionary keynote speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions and lots of networking. At the Vancouver Summit in May, the Foundation announced new interoperability testing requirements for products branded as “OpenStack Powered,” including public clouds, hosted private clouds, distributions and appliances. Service providers use OpenStack to give customers reliable, easily accessible cloud infrastructure resources, supporting technologies including VMs, bare metal and containers. Early-stage company, a leader and organizer in Taiwanese OpenStack community, to help expand awareness and adoption of cloud software throughout APAC region.

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