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Mirantis’ Vendor-Agnostic Certification Program for OpenStack Gains Momentum as Open Source Cloud Adoption Accelerates

March 12, 2014

By David M. Fishman

More Than 200 Organizations Have Put Over 1000 IT Staff Through the Mirantis Training and Certification Program for OpenStack

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 12, 2014) – Mirantis, the number one pure-play OpenStack company, today announced that more than 200 companies and organizations around the world had turned to the Mirantis Training and Certification program for OpenStack to train and certify their IT staff as OpenStack cloud operators on the platform of their choice.

Mirantis’ Certification Exam for OpenStack (MCA-100) is unique in that it certifies infrastructure professionals on their capabilities to deploy and operate vendor-agnostic OpenStack environments not tied to a particular OpenStack distribution. Professionals awarded the certification are able to configure an OpenStack environment that spans various host operating systems (RHEL, Ubuntu and CentOS), virtualization technologies (KVM, vSphere), storage back-ends (Ceph, NetApp, EMC) and network topologies.

“I found the MCA-100 exam compared favorably to rigorous certifications like VCP and CISSP,” said Ramiro Salas, a technology specialist at VMWare who recently completed his MCA-100 certification. “The technological independence that Mirantis professes is accurately reflected on the exam and I highly recommend the course.”

Enterprises benefiting from Mirantis’ training and certification for OpenStack are leaders in diverse industries including telecommunications, technology, financial services, consulting and retail and include companies like Accenture,  Booz Allen, British Telecom, Charles Schwab, Expedia, Orange, SAP and JP Morgan.

“The MCA-100 was a challenging exam covering a wide spectrum of technologies ranging from individual OpenStack components to deployment and operations,” said Steven Sonnenberg, Solution Consultant at Hitachi Data Systems. “To prepare I used the material provided by Mirantis, along with their own branded OpenStack documentation. I also attended the Mirantis Bootcamp training from which I highly benefitted and which I strongly recommend for general OpenStack training.”

Certification exams are offered at any one of 700 Kryterion locations in over 100 countries. Krytrion has been a world leader in test development and delivery since 2001. In addition, professionals can be certified at home or at work using Kryterion online proctoring methodology.

Prior to taking the certification exam, individuals may gain more confidence with OpenStack through Mirantis’ onsite OpenStack Bootcamp courses (with both two and three day options available), but taking the Mirantis course is not a pre-requisite for enrollment in the certification exam.
Mirantis takes a unique approach to training, emphasizing a hands-on, problem solving methodology. Nearly three-quarters of the training provided by Mirantis is hands-on with the explicit goal of giving engineers the power to stand up OpenStack distributions from scratch. The hands-on emphasis of Mirantis OpenStack training is supplemented by select classroom instruction sessions aimed at helping trainees understand the conceptual underpinnings of OpenStack deployment.

In the months of March and April 2014 alone, Mirantis will offer more than 25 local training courses in Austin, London, New York and San Jose.

About Mirantis
Mirantis is the number one pure-play OpenStack company. Mirantis delivers all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as Cisco WebEx, Comcast, Dell, The Gap, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, and Sprint. Mirantis is venture-backed by Dell, Intel, SAP and WestSummit Capital. For more information, or follow us on Twitter at@mirantisit.

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Mirantis helps organizations ship code faster on public and private clouds, increasing developer productivity by removing the stress of managing infrastructure. The company combines automation and cloud native expertise to provide a ZeroOps approach to managing and operating Kubernetes and cloud environments. Mirantis delivers a public cloud experience on any infrastructure, from the data center to the edge, with one cohesive cloud experience for complete app and DevOps portability, a single pane of glass, and automated full-stack lifecycle management, all based on open source.

Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, DocuSign, Inmarsat, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Societe Generale, Splunk, and S&P Global.