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Hands-on Training Courses for OpenStack Now Available

OpenStack has gained tremendous momentum in the last year, nearing 1,400 registered developers and more than 100 participating companies. As companies are eager to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds, they are looking to experts in the community for training and support. Rackspace Cloud Builders is now providing hands-on training courses for OpenStack developers and administrators covering the fundamentals of setting up, administering and troubleshooting OpenStack clouds via real-world situations in a training lab environment.

The initial five-day training course, Fundamentals Training for OpenStack, should allow students to walk away with the experience and knowledge to install, run and operate an OpenStack system in production. Two days of the fundamentals course will focus on OpenStack Object Storage, open source software that can create petabytes of distributed, reliable storage, and three days will focus on OpenStack Compute, open source software used to provision and manage large networks of virtual machines. Because the classes provide lab-based training, registration is limited to ensure a strong teacher to student ratio.

Peter Krey, Founder & President of Krey Associates, attended a Rackspace Training for OpenStack pilot class this summer and he says:

“Having direct access to OpenStack core developers and people who have implemented OpenStack in production was a unique and valuable experience. Unlike homogenized classes with stale video and static slides, the practical, hands-on approach made it highly relevant. I am very impressed that they incorporate attendee feedback and are committed to continuous improvement of the curriculum.”

Upcoming Courses

- The first confirmed course will be offered right before the OpenStack Design Summit in Boston, Sept 26 – 30.
– The second course in London, Oct 10 – 14, will be held at Rackspace facilities,
– and the third will be at the Dell campus in Austin, Oct 24-28.

More dates and locations will be announced shortly, including San Antonio and San Francisco.

Rackspace Cloud Builders can also deliver a custom, on-site program for your organization. For more information, to see the full schedule or register for an upcoming course, please visit: www.rackspace.com/cloudbuilders

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Angela Bartels.

Angela runs integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started at Rackspace in 2003 and has done everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and now lives in marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement (and has always been a Racker at heart). Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.


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