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Jumping Bean to partner with Linux Foundation to deliver Linux Training in Southern Africa

Johannesburg, 28 Jan 2016
Jumping Bean Press Office
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Jumping Bean today announced it is partnering with The Linux Foundation to deliver the nonprofit organisation's sought after, vendor-neutral Linux training and certification courses in Southern Africa. The demand for the Linux training has seen unprecedented growth in recent years as companies scramble to move their businesses to the Linux dominated cloud.

The curriculum for the Linux Foundation's Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) certifications has been developed by experts as a performance- based qualification, ensuring certified administrators are immediately effective in the field.

"The Linux Foundation is pleased to work with Jumping Bean, an experienced and respected provider of training services in South Africa," said Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin. "Our mission is to expand access to quality open source training and certification to anyone and this partnership will advance that mission significantly."

Why get Linux Foundation certified?

"Vendor neutrality is a key feature of the certification as system administrators need to manage a diverse range of Linux distributions in cloud solutions and deployment", said Peter Hlope, Jumping Bean's training manager. "The diversity of Linux means administrators select the best distro for a job and need to be able to manage them all."

Currently the Ubuntu Linux distribution, from South African Mark Shuttleworth's Canonical company, is the largest player in the cloud space, being more than twice as popular on Amazon EC2 as all other operating systems combined, according to a report released by "The Cloud Market" in August 2015. Citing on going monitoring by "The Cloud Market", Ubuntu claims "70% of public cloud workloads and 55% of OpenStack clouds run on Ubuntu."

"It is Linux that started the whole cloud revolution," continued Hlope. "So it's no surprise that the rise in demand for vendor-neutral Linux skills has sky rocketed along with cloud adoption."

It is not only the cloud phenomenon that has driven the demand for Linux skills but also the new wave of "Internet of things" devices with manufacturers using Linux to power products from electronics to motor vehicles and the International Space Station.

"Our partnership with the Linux Foundation is important to us as we want to remain the leader in the Linux training and certification space in Southern Africa," said Hlope. Besides certification, The Linux Foundation offers specialised training courses in topics such as Linux Kernel development, writing Linux device drivers, OpenStack, Linux performance tuning, as well as embedded Linux. These courses will soon be offered by Jumping Bean alongside the certification training.

The goals of the Linux Foundation are the same as those of Jumping Bean," added Hlope. "We hope to create a culture of innovation and independence in Africa and the world and are confident we can achieve this together."

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Jumping Bean Mark Clarke (+27) 11 781 8014
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