Red Hat Introduces ‘Certificate of Expertise’ in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Open source software solution provider Red Hat has announced a new training and certification offering for its Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service. The certification process for this training offering will be performance-based, with candidates performing tasks on a live system to utilize real-world experience.

According to the latest cloud computing market overview analysis from 451 Research’s Market Monitor, IaaS is expected to grow at a 37 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016. As interest in OpenStack based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution grows, Red Hat is convinced that enterprise customers require experienced IT professionals with a guarantee that these professionals can deploy and manage OpenStack.

OpenStack Certification

The new class and certification by Red Hat aims to meet this demand by representing the industry’s highest standard for OpenStack-based training certifications and enabling participants to gain a growing knowledge of the changes happening in the IaaS space.

The class will cover essential OpenStack skills, including installing and configuring a Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform deployment; configuring and managing images; and managing storage using Object Storage (Swift) and Block Storage (Cinder).


The training and certification come after Red Hat launched an enterprise Linux-based OpenStack platform in June this year. Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a way to build out cloud services from an ISP. Using the platform, ISPs can run Red Hat applications in an IaaS environment and deliver support for ‘cloud aware’ web and mobile oriented applications.

Founded by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, OpenStack has grown to be a global software community of developers used by Internet Service Providers and other companies to deploy large-scale cloud deployments for private and public clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. All of the code for OpenStack is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license. Anyone can run it, build on it, or submit changes back to the project.