Red Hat Offers Black Belt For Linux Geeks

by CXOtoday Staff    Jun 22, 2004

Its time to get cracking for Linux geeks. Red Hat today announced a new master level program for its Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) course, specifically designed for experienced Linux system administrators who have already breezed past the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) examination.

Call it plain coincidence or a well-planned strategy, Microsoft had also upped the ante for its immensely popular Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) credentials, six months back. Training is the only way that Linux can compensate for the huge support void existing in the enterprise market today. Studies have shown that most users speculate about experimenting with Linux mainly because of support concerns (Which obviously arises out of fears of finding the right trained Linux professionals in the market).

MCSE certification had come under increasing fire from CIOs who claimed that the training was not substantial enough to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to handle live scenarios. The course has undergone substantial changes since then.

Raising the knowledge bar, Red Hat has developed the RHCA to summarize four advanced courses. The new enterprise architect curriculum will allow trainees to develop skills on data center systems. Students will be able to learn in-depth systems and software management skills designed to enable organizations to scale the deployment of Linux across the enterprise. With hands-on training using multiple servers plus storage arrays or SAN’s, trainees will be able to get a valuable insight into open source technologies.

“The Enterprise Architect courses and RHCA will be attractive to companies interested in designing and managing open source architectures. The new courses develop top-level Linux expertise, for architects who design and manage multiple types of systems in complex infrastructures,” said Peter Childers, vice president of learning services at Red Hat.

The five courses comprising the RHCA curriculum include:

- RHS333, comprehensive network services security training
- RH401, a course in software deployment and systems management for large organizations, including use of Red Hat Network (RHN) managed services
- RH423, training on directory services and authentication, a security solution critical for central management of servers and workstations
- RH436, a course on enterprise storage management and GFS (new technologies from Red Hat)
- RH442, a course on performance tuning and system monitoring

The new courses and certification include access to a complex array of hardware running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and focus on practical skills that are difficult if not impossible to develop on the job. The courses emphasize integrating Linux with other technologies including enterprise products such as clusters, proxy’s and satellite servers. The courses and certification will be available later this year.

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