Obsidian trains SA's first Red Hat Certified Architects
Enterprise-grade Red Hat skills in South Africa are rapidly catching up with the international scene following the recent certification of the country's first four Red Hat Certified Architects (RHCAs).
"This is a very exciting development for the local community, as this is the most senior Red Hat system administration credential available, putting us on a similar footing as our international counterparts," says Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian, which conducted the training and certification. "The pace at which system admin personnel are skilling up in the arena of open source data centre management shows the level of interest and demand for such systems."
Obsidian is South Africa's leading provider of Red Hat training and certification services, and one of the leading implementers of enterprise-wide open source systems and solutions.
The certification of this first group of RHCAs represents an evolution in the grades and levels that Obsidian is able to offer, and follows the announcement in March of the first local graduates certified to Red Hat Certified Data Centre Specialist level. This certification builds on the skills that administrators would have acquired in reaching Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and then Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) qualifications.
"Two of these first RHCAs are Obsidian staff, which not only boosts our internal skills and service offering, but shows our commitment to the Red Hat platform by putting our own staff through the training," says Van Staden. "And while we may not yet have great numbers of skills at this level in the industry, we are seeing a steady flow of administrators building their qualifications to match the growing industry demand."
The RHCA certification provides administrators with an exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge to tackle day-to-day challenges, including advanced networking services security, system monitoring and performance tuning.