Cloud Vendors Desperate for OpenStack Skills

Learning about OpenStack is the surest way to get onto the cutting edge of cloud infrastructure, according to Jason Baker in a post at “Investing your time in learning OpenStack pays off,” Baker writes.

OpenStack LogoThe dramatic growth of the cloud has created thousands of jobs, with demand for OpenStack skills among the most pressing. According to Rackspace, “OpenStack outpaces other cloud infrastructure jobs considerably,” Baker writes. And since the hosting company conducted its survey some 18 months ago, the job market for OpenStack skills has doubled again. “Many companies are creating OpenStack jobs faster than they can fill them, and new companies are coming into the fold all the time.”

A wealth of resources are available for those looking to get started with OpenStack, including video libraries, the sandbox and project documentation.

Rackspace turned over the reins of OpenStack to a foundation just over three years ago, in part to show that the open source cloud framework was not dominated by one vendor. GoDaddy’s the latest to join the OpenStack Foundation.

However, there’s concern that Red Hat is trying to take over, reports GigaOm. The company was the largest contributor to the current Havana release of OpenStack and raised some hackles by its dominance at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong last fall. Smaller vendors are trying to prevent Red Hat from “big-footing the process,” GigaOm says.

Meanwhile, Rackspace is now sponsoring Cloud Foundry, a competing open source platform-as-a-service, whose foundation is set to debut this summer.

4 Responses to “Cloud Vendors Desperate for OpenStack Skills”

  1. Ah yes, another article about the next big thing, the cutting edge, thousands of jobs, huge shortages, etc., etc., etc. And when the companies claim they can’t find anyone they’ll push for more H-1Bs. There are thousands of highly skilled IT practitioners that will be turned away because they don’t have the right keyword on their resume, and because companies don’t look at the whole body of skills and the capabilities of these individuals to learn the skill on their projects. Please stop with these articles.

  2. John Doe

    I plan to get some hands on training by self education on training links provided here, yet I am still not sue if an employer is going to hire me. I looked at the job descriptions. most of them require linux admin experience.

    my background is in c#, mssql server developer with 4 yrs experience.

    I am trying to move into open source technologies and working towards learning python.

    Has anybody made a transition from Microsoft tools to different languages and how you find a job in different company using a different development stack.