As a part of its open hybrid cloud strategy, Red Hat launched its Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform in June at the Red Hat Summit. In a blog post announcing its new training, Red Hat says the platform is “the next Linux” in terms of company focus: “As with Linux, we expect to set the benchmark for a technology that is rapidly proving to be a game changer in the industry,” Iain Gray, vice president, global services, Red Hat said.
“From cloud migration strategy consulting, to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform product-pilot implementation services, through complete IaaS-based solution development, we can support our customers through every stage in their cloud journey,” Gray said.
Earlier this year, Red Hat introduced its Red Hat OpenStack Administration course. The certificate launched on Monday, combined with the expansion of its OpenStack administration course, will cover new capabilities in the latest release and provide preparation for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service Exam.
OpenStack lends itself to various types of training. Rackspace was one of the first providers to launch OpenStack training, but more recently, OpenStack bootcamp provider and systems integrator Mirantis closed $10 million in funding to grow its training program, and Piston Cloud Computing launched its training series for OpenStack, offering courses for cloud administrators, end users, developers and use-specific training, including Cloud Foundry integration.
As the first open source company to surpass $1 billion in revenue, Red Hat is in a strong position to drive success through open source training and supporting services for OpenStack. In a recent quarterly report, Red Hat said it derives revenue and generates cash from customers from two sources: subscription revenue and training and services revenue.
“Training and services revenue increased 12.5 percent or $5.3 million for the three months ended May 31, 2013 as compared to the three months ended May 31, 2012,” Red Hat said in the earnings report.