Neeraj Bhatia, Director – Partner, Alliances & Commercial Sales, Red Hat shares the following details about the certification programs for industry experts, to ensure safe, agile and efficient operations on the cloud.
Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) program
The Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program is designed to encompass nearly all service provider models, spanning the public cloud to on-site managed services, offering our customers a secure, stable and trusted partner ecosystem upon which to build their next-generation IT projects using Red Hat solutions. The Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) program allows cloud, hosting, system integrator, and managed service providers to host and resell certified Red Hat offerings on-demand via multi-tenant, dedicated, and managed models.
By using a Red Hat certified cloud or managed service, end customers and partners using custom-developed or third-party ISV applications certified to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other Red Hat solutions are assured that these applications will function as anticipated on a trusted cloud. For cloud providers, especially, offering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), due to the certification, testing, and availability of a standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux image, provides end users with a consistent product experience. The program also offers products that enable Platform-as-a-Service (Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform), Middleware (Red Hat JBoss Middleware), scalable block and file storage (Red Hat Gluster and Red Hat Ceph storage) and cloud management (Red Hat CloudForms). A CCSP partner receives:
Flexible pricing aligned to the way a provider charges its customers, with:
- Pay-as-you-go hourly, monthly, and annual models with monthly billing in arrears
- Consistency between on-demand and dedicated service models
- Streamlined procurement of Red Hat subscriptions
- Premium (24×7) Red Hat support for all infrastructure components purchased from Red Hat
- Red Hat certified offerings for resale with SKUs built specifically for CCSP partners
Systems management solutions to manage Red Hat cloud offerings, including:
- Red Hat Update Infrastructure (RHUI): in-cloud management and update services built for on-demand consumption and dynamic scale
- Red Hat Satellite: Full-featured active management solution for managed service environments
- Joint customer issue resolution with Red Hat Global Support Services
- A compliant way to offer Red Hat solutions in the cloud or as a managed service
- Alignment with Red Hat field compensation, fostering joint sales engagements
- Access to thousands of certified Red Hat Enterprise Linux ISV applications, for deployment in cloud environments
- Red Hat branding and promotion as a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider partner
Red Hat certification and training program benefits that provide resources to help partners increase overall knowledge of Red Hat
Red Hat certification and training programs enable our partners to offer trusted, secure, and enterprise-grade cloud and managed services to their customers with the products they already use in their datacenters. This global program includes managed service providers, hosting providers, and system integrators, as well as public and community cloud providers. The Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) program delivers the flexibility and manageability for innovative technologies that you need to be successful in the cloud and managed service provider market. 13 of the 15 service providers in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS [Infrastructure-as-a-Service], Worldwide, are members of the Red Hat CCSP program.
Red Hat product portfolio with a full curriculum of product, sales, and technical training
Our CCSP partners are eligible for Red Hat certification and training. Training benefits provide resources to help partners increase overall knowledge of Red Hat and the Red Hat product portfolio with a full curriculum of product, sales, and technical training. We also provide Sales and Technical Partner Seminars for partners that cover topics such as sales best practices and product positioning. CCSP Premier partners may also request on-site sales training seminars from Red Hat. Red Hat Web-Based Product Training offers a wide variety of online training courses through the Red Hat Online Partner Enablement Network (OPEN), available through the Red Hat Connect for Business Partners portal.
Red Hat Web-Based Product Training
Red Hat Online Learning courses feature the same high-quality course content found in our traditional classrooms, supplemented with ground-breaking, cloud-based labs. Some of our Online Learning courses also include dozens of recorded webinars by senior instructors. The combination of a strong curriculum, robust labs, and webinars from Red Hat experts delivers the practical and applied knowledge you need to advance your Linux administration skills and prepare for hands-on certification exams.
With Red Hat Online Learning you get:
- A 90-day subscription providing unlimited user access to Red Hat Online Learning course content and webinars
- 80-hours of online, hands-on lab access, deployed through Amazon EC2 cloud
- Preparation for one of several our Red Hat certification exams.
- Online course materials created and supported by Red Hat curriculum architects with deep experience as Linux administrators and instructors
Our online course content is based upon the same content you’d find in our traditional classroom courses, optimized for self-study and including more explanations. Each online workbook includes code snippets and graphics to illustrate the text and aid learning. Each unit also includes a knowledge check, an opportunity for students to validate their comprehension of the material before moving on to the online lab. Students are given immediate feedback as to whether they understand what they have just been taught. The course book can be viewed from a mobile device as well as a laptop or desktop computer.
Online Learning labs – For Online Learning, we provide the same high-quality, robust lab environment as our traditional classroom courses. Students can expect to spend as much as half of their time working on hands-on labs. These labs are delivered over the cloud via the same platform we use in our Virtual Classroom training courses. Because of the robustness of these labs, this is the one component of our online learning that must be conducted via a laptop or desktop computer.
Online Learning webinars – for select courses- For additional knowledge, students have access to approximately 30-40 pre-recorded webinars on a variety of topics. Webinars range from 5 to 20 minutes in length and are conducted by senior Red Hat instructors, examiners, and members of our curriculum team. Our webinars can be viewed from mobile devices, as well as a laptop or desktop computer. Online learning webinars are not available for every Red Hat course. Countries currently offering Red Hat Online Learning are Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.