Fresh off its $8 million Series B funding round, Piston Cloud has introduced several OpenStack training workshops, including Deploying OpenStack for Cloud Administrators, OpenStack for End Users, Building and Customizing OpenStack for Developers, and use-specific training, including Cloud Foundry integration.
According to Piston, its engineers work closely with attendees to help them learn how to get started with OpenStack, including an understanding of the cloud software and hardware architecture, OpenStack configuration, installation and administration, and an overview of the enterprise features offered by Piston Cloud, including its core private cloud software.
While Piston Cloud is not the only one to offer OpenStack training courses, it does have a long history with OpenStack, and since it is focused on the enterprise implementation, it is addressing a specific need in the market. Piston CTO Joshua McKenty was the technical architect of NASA’s Nebula cloud computing platform and a key driver behind OpenStack.
OpenStack systems integrator Mirantis also offers training for enterprises, SaaS vendors and service providers, and recently closed a $10 million in financing from Dell Ventures, Intel Capital and WestSummit Capital.
Rackspace has offered OpenStack training courses for a while in order to address the growing interest in obtaining OpenStack skills and jobs, and recently launched OpenStack courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of a special four-week term.
“OpenStack is gaining widespread traction across industries and we are in a unique position to share strategic and tactical insights that will help drive broader adoption,” Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston Cloud said in a statement. “To meet this growing demand, we’ve assembled a team of OpenStack experts who will help IT administrators and OpenStack end users learn the skills necessary to effectively deploy and utilize OpenStack. Making these training courses open to the public will enable customers to more easily and quickly realize the money and time-saving benefits of our enterprise OpenStack private cloud software.”
Piston says training is available in several formats, and may be customized. The courses range from a half-day introductory seminar for end-users to a five-day training session that teaches developers how to access, modify and extend sub-components of the OpenStack framework.
The next training course, Deploying OpenStack for Cloud Administrators, will be held on May 8 – 9 in San Francisco at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. The class costs $1,995, and includes a welcoming reception, and two full days of hands-on training.
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