OpenStack Foundation Launches Certification Program for Cloud Admins
Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, speaking at the 2014 OpenStack summit in Paris.

OpenStack Foundation Launches Certification Program for Cloud Admins

Program rolled out with participation of Cisco, Mirantis, Canonical, HP, and Rackspace


This article originally appeared at The WHIR

The OpenStack Foundation announced the launch of a certification program for cloud administrators and a project navigation tool on Tuesday. The announcement was made at OpenStack Summit in Tokyo and unveiled a certification process developed with the help of partner companies which will begin awarding certifications in 2016.

Companies including Cisco, Mirantis, Canonical, HP, and Rackspace contributed to the process, which builds on the success of the training marketplace launched by the OpenStack Foundation in 2013. About 20 training providers will offer Certified OpenStack Administrator courses, and the OpenStack Foundation will test applicants with the help of the Linux Foundation.

“This OpenStack professional certification program addresses the need for well-trained and highly qualified OpenStack administrators,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director, OpenStack Foundation. “We expect COA certification to become a valuable credential that any hiring manager would want to see on the resume of viable candidate. Further, it is our hope that the OpenStack professional certification program will encourage new entrants into the OpenStack community and expand the talent pool within the industry.”

The organization plans to extend the program to developers and other roles in the future, TechCrunch reports.

The OpenStack Project Navigator breaks down associated services and projects from more than 25 into six core projects and optional services. It is meant to help users understand the breadth of functionality and maturity of each service. Data is provided about each project, as well as sample configurations for a variety of uses including web hosting, big data, eCommerce, high-throughput computing, public cloud and video processing and content delivery.

“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,” Collier said today. “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.”

Meanwhile, OpenStack uses continue to expand, with NetApp and Mirantis announcing a collaboration to enable NetApp storage on OpenStack earlier in October. OpenStack Liberty, the open-source cloud OS’s 12th release, was launched also launched this month.

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