With some studies showing the majority of private cloud deployments are on OpenStack, it’s essential that that today’s SysAdmins and DevOps pro’s are proficient on this important technology. That’s why today at OpenStack Summit in Austin, The OpenStack Foundation announced the availability of a Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) exam. Developed in partnership with The Linux Foundation, the exam is performance-based and available anytime, anywhere. It will enable professionals to demonstrate their OpenStack skills and employers to be confident new hires are ready to roll, and existing employees stay up to date on the latest advancements.
The Linux Foundation offers an OpenStack Administration Fundamentals course, which serves as preparation for the new certification. Starting today, that course is available bundled with the COA exam, enabling students to learn the skills they need to work as an OpenStack administrator and get the certification to prove it. The most unique feature of the course is that it provides each learner with a live OpenStack lab environment which can be rebooted at any time (to reduce the pain of troubleshooting what went wrong). Customers have access to the course and the lab environment for a full 12 months after purchase.
Like the exam, the course is available anytime, anywhere. It is online and self-paced, meaning students can learn on their own schedule, can skip sections they are already familiar with, and retake ones in which they need more preparation. Making this type of training and certification more accessible should help meet the growing demand for qualified OpenStack talent and provide ongoing career opportunities well into the future.