LiveWyer | 11 September 2017
LOS ANGELES – September 11, 2017 – Open Source Summit – The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced the founding class of more than 21 Kubernetes Certified Service Providers (KCSPs), pre-qualified organizations that have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt Kubernetes. Additionally, individual professionals can now register for the new Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) program and exam.
The KCSP program is a pre-qualified tier of vetted service providers that offer Kubernetes support, consulting, professional services and training for organizations embarking on their Kubernetes journey. The KCSP program ensures that enterprises get the support they’re looking for to roll out new applications more quickly and more efficiently than before, while feeling secure that there’s a trusted and vetted partner that’s available to support their production and operational needs.
The founding class of KCSPs includes the following CNCF and LF members: Accenture, Booze Allen Hamilton, Bitnami, Canonical, Container Solutions, CoreOS, Ghostcloud, Giant Swarm, Heptio, Huawei, IBM, inwinSTACK, Inc., LiveWyer, Mirantis, RX-M LLC, Samsung SDS, Stackpointcloud, and Supergiant.
As one of the five highest velocity open source projects, Kubernetes use is exploding. Businesses around the world need more skilled experts to help them fully capitalize on the benefits cloud native computing promises. According to a recent Capgemini, 70 percent of those surveyed cited skills shortage as a challenge. For companies unable to capitalize on new training options, availability of KCSPs will help alleviate the problem. “The founding class of KCSPs represents the maturation of the Kubernetes ecosystem and demonstrates that Kubernetes is ready for widespread use with enterprises of all sizes,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “As Kubernetes has grown, so has the demand from enterprises needing expert services and support. Enterprises working with KCSPs can be confident the partner they’ve chosen to work with has the training and skills needed to help them succeed with Kubernetes.”
Qualifying as a KCSP, requires three or more engineers passing the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam, demonstrable activity in the Kubernetes community including active contribution, and a business model that supports enterprise end users, including putting engineers at a customer site.