Last Thursday (9/19/2013) Rackspace announced a new, On-Demand training class for the OpenStack cloud computing environment (the classroom version runs 4 days and costs $2,500, so it will be interesting to see how much the online version goes for). The title of the course is “OpenStack Fundamentals,” and I didn’t find any mention of payment in the pre-registration form I just filled out (if I hear anything more about charges in the automated e-mail response that’s sure to follow, I’ll update this blog post to reflect my improved understanding of the circumstances involved). According to that sign-up page, the course “covers the history and components of OpenStack and teaches students how to build and maintain an OpenStack environment.” Even more interesting is the following sentence: “And unlike typical online courses, RackSpace’s online course includes virtual labs and a virtual workstation for students to use with courses activities.” Some knowledge of Linux and its CLI (command-line interface) is recommended for anyone who wishes to participate in the training, however.
But that’s not all there is to the OpenStack announcement from Rackspace, either. The company is adding four new courses to its classroom-based training offerings above and beyond its OpenStack certification program. Here’s what the press release has to say about these new courses, where I include duration and cost in square brackets after the quoted text elements, and provide links to each course home page as well:
- OpenStack Networking – Neutron – Students learn how to use Neutron to provide a virtual Networking-as-a-Service between interface devices and allows the student to utilize an API to build and configure networking infrastructure [3 days $3,500]
- Building Cloudy Apps – Students learn how to build applications that are “cloud aware,” using Python to explore the concept of horizontal scaling, advantages of APIs and the skills needed to benefit a DevOps organization [3 days $2,750]
- Security in the Cloud – Students learn how to develop and apply security safeguards to each virtual layer of an OpenStack environment [2 days, $2,000]
- Hadoop on OpenStack – Introduces students to the big data processing platform, Apache Hadoop, its components and deployments in an OpenStack cloud [2 days $2,750]
All this looks very interesting, and tells me there’s a better-than-even chance that it’s just a matter of time before Rackspace starts building out its OpenStack certification program beyond the single technician-level credential that’s currently available, all by its lonesome.