How do you judge if someone really has the expertise you need to run your OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud? Red Hat, the Linux giant and OpenStack backer, has a suggestion: Look for someone with a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (RHCEI).
According to Iain Gray, Red Hat's global services vice president, "Red Hat intends this certification to become as much of a gold standard for OpenStack professionals as Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) are for Linux professionals."
Anyone who earns this new certification will have been shown to be able to do the following tasks:
- Install and configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform .
- Manage users, projects, flavors, and rules.
- Configure and manage images.
- Add compute nodes.
- Manage storage using Swift and Cinder.
In a blog posting, Gray added that since Red Hat committed itself to OpenStack for its cloud platform, it subsequently introduced a new class for OpenStack administrators. This class is the foundation for the RHCEI certification.
Gray wrote, "We built the industry’s leading Linux certification program by focusing on rigorous, hands-on testing of real-world skills. Our Red Hat Certified Professionals love this because it is a meaningful test of their skills. IT employers love it because it offers assurance that the certificate holders can apply their skills and knowledge in real-world situations.
He concluded, "We have applied these same principles to the RHECI. Organizations are seeking capable professionals to help bring OpenStack into their IT environments. As with Linux, we expect to set the benchmark for a technology that is rapidly proving to be a game changer in the industry."
He has a point, like Cisco's certifications, Red Hat's certifications are extremely well-regarded in IT. With cloud technologies growing ever more popular, the RHECI may prove very valuable indeed for both would-be cloud administrators and their potential employers.