3 Ways to Learn OpenStack : Training Marketplace Opens Doors to High-Paying Jobs

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a hot commodity right now, as we move to an era of Big Data, cloud computing, scaling, and virtualization.  Helping legacy organizations and disruptive startups transition successfully into this new era are open source communities, contributing the software and brain power to expedite progress and products.  OpenStack, the joint initiative started by Rackspace and NASA, has emerged as a prominent open source community, garnering support and becoming indispensable across the industry.

Knowing your way around OpenStack could even help you in the job market.  The average cloud engineer salary is at $97,000 but an OpenStack cloud engineer’s salary averages $133,000.  There’s a rising number of companies looking for OpenStack cloud engineers, about 36 percent of job postings are in search of them rather than traditional cloud engineers.

So let’s say you’re already a cloud engineer and now you want to be an OpenStack cloud engineer.  How would you go about building the necessary skills?

OpenStack’s Training marketplace


OpenStack launched a new Training Marketplace this week, making it easier for people interested in OpenStack to discover and participate in training courses offered by technology providers in the OpenStack ecosystem.

Aptira, hastexo, The Linux Foundation, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Piston, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE and SwiftStack are the first companies to have courses available in the Marketplace, with the goal of growing the OpenStack talent pool and accelerating the availability of OpenStack training courses worldwide.

“The goal of the Foundation is to eliminate barriers to OpenStack adoption, create more OpenStack experts and ensure that OpenStack has a positive impact on the careers of our community members,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “We want to grow the community, accelerate the availability of training programs worldwide and help close the OpenStack job gap.”

Self-training & Tools of the Trade


If you think you can handle learning OpenStack on your own, you can check out the OpenStack Documentation guide, watch summit videoshear from users on how they used OpenStack to solve real world problems, or get a hold of some books to guide you along your OpenStack quest.

There are also a lot of tools that are built for OpenStack that talk to the OpenStack API.  They are easily identifiable as they wear the “Built for OpenStack” badge.

Some of the popular OpenStack tools include Enstratirus which is now Dell multi-cloud manager, New RelicRightscaleScalr, and Zenoss.

OpenStack Bootcamps


Partner companies are offering OpenStack training courses in different parts of the globe.  Some courses are directed at people who are just starting to learn about OpenStack, and there are some courses for intermediate and advanced levels.

Morphlabs Training for OpenStack

The company will be offering OpenStack training on September 18-19 in Manila, Philippines, October 1-2 in Singapore, and in Jakarta, Indonesia on October 22-23.  The training will include lecture sessions, demos and hands-on lab exercises so students will get a deeper understanding of OpenStack as well as offer experience on deployment and troubleshooting for basic use cases.

Mirantis Bootcamp for OpenStack

Mirantis will be in Mountain View, CA and London on September 18-20 to offer intermediate courses for OpenStack, and on October 10, they’ll be back in Mountain View to offer a beginner course.  Mirantis is a pure OpenStack company so you’ll be sure to get training in real world problem solving with a solid grasp of architecture, interfaces, and APIs.  It’s all about OpenStack, no vendor-specific implementations.

Red Hat Training

Red Hat will be offering hands-on, task-focused, and certifications for intermediate students.  Classes starts on September 23-25 in Singapore, September 30–October 2 in Paris, and on October 7-9 in Chicago.

Rackspace Training for OpenStack

Rackspace offers a multicourse curriculum with classes ranging from an introduction to OpenStack to building cloudy appa, and is designed to expand worldwide OpenStack adoption.  Rackspace will be offering beginner level courses in Rosemont, Illinois on October 1-4, in London on October 8-11, and in San Francisco on November 12-15.

Swiftstack Training for OpenStack

Swift Workshop Day is a one-day technical training for beginners that deals with learn theory and OpenStack Object Storage.  It’s a hands-on workshop using SwiftStack  as well as writing apps.  Training starts on October 3 in Boston, October 17 in Austin, and October 30 in San Jose.

Piston Training for OpenStack

Piston offers three-hour training courses that aims to provide insight into the purpose and value of OpenStack, as well as be able to use the latest features of OpenStack first-hand.  Online training are scheduled in October 8, November 13, and December 11.

qSTC OpenStack Bootcamp

qSTC offers a three-day OpenStack Cloud Fundamentals with two days focusing on OpenStack Compute (Nova) and Image Service (Glance) and about one day OpenStack Object Storage (Swift).  Bootcamp starts on October 15-17 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Linux Foundation Training

Linux offers online training for intermediate students.  It offer up-to-date Linux courses that are distribution-flexible, direct from the source, technically advanced, and customizable.  Training starts on December 2-5, online.

Aptira Training for OpenStack

Aptira offers two-day training that consists of modules suited for beginners as well as seasoned professionals.  It will cover the fundamentals of deploying and operating the core OpenStack software.  Training begins on December 2-3 in Australia, and December 9-10 in India.

hastexo Academy

hastexo offers a highly interactive, modular training program conveying hastexo’s top-notch expertise from years of professional services practice.  It offers courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.  Classes starts on December 9-10 for beginners, Intermediate class follows on December 11-12, and the Advanced class will be held on December 13.  All classes are in Munich, Germany.