Mirantis launched the first vendor-agnostic Kubernetes and Docker certification, giving enterprises a way to identify container skills in a competitive cloud market. Professionals preparing for the certification are recommended to take the Kubernetes and Docker bootcamp. The company also announced a new online, self-paced KD100 training for self-learners looking for economy pricing and additional flexibility.
Cloud computing skills have progressed from being niche to mainstream as the world's most in-demand skill set. LinkedIn named cloud computing as the hottest skill in demand in France, India, and the United States in 2015. Within cloud computing, Kubernetes and containers have grown in popularity. The OpenStack User Survey shows Kubernetes taking the lead as the top Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) tool, while 451 Research has called containers the "future of virtualization," predicting strong container growth across on-premises, hosted and public clouds.
"As interest in Kubernetes and containers gains momentum across the industry, Mirantis felt it vital to add a true vendor-agnostic certification for Kubernetes and Docker," said Lee Xie, Sr. Director, Educational Services, Mirantis. "Mirantis offers several formats to train professionals on the automated deployment, scaling, management, and running of container applications. This provides maximum flexibility to prepare for the KDC100 certification exam."
The proctored Kubernetes and Docker certification (KDC100), is a hands-on, 30-task exam, priced at $600. This includes a certificate, listing on Mirantis' verification portal for prospective employers, and certification signature logos for those that pass the exam. The first session is scheduled for December 29 in Sunnyvale, California, with an attached virtual session. For those interested in a packaged offering, the KD110 bundle includes the KD100 bootcamp and the KDC100 exam for $2,395. The KD100 bootcamp, available in classroom and live virtual formats, is the official recommended training for the KDC100 certification exam.
The company also announced a new online, self-paced KD100 training. The online course will include one-year access to the KD100 course content and videos, 72 hours of online hands-on labs, as well as a completion certificate that will be provided upon finishing the class. The new class is coming in January 2017. For a limited time, it will be available for preregistration at the discounted price of $195 (regularly $395).
"This [KD100] class has given me the confidence to say I understand the technology behind Docker and Kubernetes. It also provided me with a lot of use cases that I will be able to use from my perspective as a CIO of a large web hosting company," said Nickola Naous, chief information officer, TMDHosting, Inc.