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OpenStack Foundation aims to improve training access with online search tools

Matthew Finnegan | Sept. 17, 2013
Training Marketplace will provide information on nearby courses

The OpenStack Foundation has launched a new online resource aimed at improving access to training courses for those building applications on the open source cloud operating system.

The OpenStack Foundation said that there is growing demand for workers with cloud-related skills, citing recent stats that indicate 14 million cloud-related roles will be created by 2015.

In order to meet demand from enterprises seeking to build and operate OpenStack-based clouds, the OpenStack Foundation has launched its Training Marketplace to provide details of training courses available worldwide. The site allows people to search for the nearest course, as well as indicating the specific specialisms that they are interested in.

Training courses are currently on offer from a number of participating firms, including Red Hat, Rackspace, the Linux foundation, though there has not been a central repository of information up until now, OpenStack said.

The launch of an official resource for training will enable the OpenStack Foundation to ensure the quality of training on offer is of a high standard. Companies offering paid or free courses will have to pass an accreditation process to ensure that their curriculum provides a strong understanding of the most up-to-date version of the software, as well as covering OpenStack community governance and processes around contribution to the open source project.

"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."

OpenStack, which recently celebrated its third birthday, has been deployed by a number of enterprise customers, including CERN and Barclays.


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