In its race with Amazon, Rackspace Hosting’s struggle over the open-source cloud computing has been epic. The two firms compete heavily with each other over the emergence of each of there computing platforms. Rackspace has promoted its OpenStack platform to corporate clients, just as Amazon has been doing. As tech heavyweights throw their support behind one or the other, the growth for both firms have been massive.
Both firms struggle to finding enough technical workers with any experience with “cloud computing” skills. These are the skills necessary to take the various computer languages and install them into the infrastructure of these cloud-based platforms. Universities and colleges have limited or no programs dealing with these cutting-edge technical skills.
To solve this problem, Rackspace is launching the Open Cloud Academy. The Open Cloud Academy will offer a number of educational programs that will provide students certifications in these cloud-based technologies. Rackspace Chairman, Graham Weston says; “The Open Cloud Academy can help turn the tide by offering highly sought after technical training to the public, bolstering the this scarce pipeline and helping fill the countless number of roles in San Antonio and beyond.”
What I hope is that this message is heard loud and clear by all of the firms lamenting the lack of qualified applicants. Relying on universities and colleges to provide the necessary skills for today’s demanding business environment is not going to happen. Companies need to create and develop their own learning academies to train specific and critical skill sets for their workers.
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