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OpenStack Foundation unveils certification exam program

Certified OpenStack Administrator exam part of plans to bolster the cloud computing talent pool and global community

Connected to this week’s OpenStack Summit in Austin, Texas, the OpenStack Foundation announced availability of its Certified OpenStack Administrator exam, which is designed to validate skills for cloud administrators and help employers identify qualified candidates. The foundation said the program, which was first announced at last year’s event in Tokyo, is part of its plans to bolster the cloud computing talent pool and global community.

The program looks to provide certified administrators with at least six months of experience and day-to-day operational and management skills of an OpenStack cloud. The provided skills were culled from “dozens of training companies around the world,” with 19 companies currently set to offer the COA exam. A limited number of community members were slated to be the first to take the exam during this week’s event in Austin.

Citing stats from LinkedIn, the organization noted cloud computing was the “hottest global skill” of 2015, with a Computerworld 2016 IT salary survey finding compensation for cloud experts had increased 4.8% this year.

“Like any major technology shift, cloud computing has challenged companies to reskill engineers and redefine culture and processes,” explained Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “The Certified OpenStack Administrator exam will help provide a target for cloud administrators who are in high demand as the number of organizations adopting OpenStack continues to grow.”

The need for qualified employees was highlighted earlier this year when Mirantis said it witnessed a doubling in the number of students taking its training program last year, swelling to more than 5,000 people in 2015 compared with its 2014 numbers.

The Linux Foundation late last year announced plans for its own online training course targeting the software platform, stating the move was necessary as accelerated adoption of the technology has resulted in a shortage of qualified administrators.

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