News and Updates

 

June 19th 2017

Sony Interactive Entertainment America selects MarkoCloud

Announcing the successful delivery of a custom training based on OpenStack Newton at Sony Interactive Entertainment America (SIEA), San Diego. The content was developed according to client requirements during April and May and was delivered beginning of June 2017. The delivery of the training is in-line with SIEA’s infrastructure trends of deploying in-house private cloud services to support deployment of on-demand entertainment applications.

MarkoCloud were able to create a stellar custom OpenStack training for our team. The training was accurate, informative and thorough. Moreover, interesting hands-on labs made advanced concepts easier to understand.” said Bradley Sturkie, Senior Systems Engineer at Sony Interactive.

The content was designed to strengthen the understanding of OpenStack architecture and program details. Additionally, the lab environment delivered an enhanced hands-on experience to the team members responsible for OpenStack services and Ceph and was designed to accommodate a mixed level of previous experience on both products.

“The trainer, Marko Sluga, presented the material in an easily digestible and straightforward format. He combines an acute understanding of the underlying technologies, real world experience, and a great presentation style.” said Heath Aeria, Systems Administrator at Sony Interactive.

The positive feedback from the students validates our commitment to the delivery of customised training solutions with a high level of hands-on interactive material, which is designed to facilitate the best possible learning experience.

The Markocloud brand is the brainchild of the founder Marko Sluga, who has been working in the field of cloud computing since cloud wasn’t even a buzz word. During the last five years, Marko has been involved with training deliveries through cooperation with partner training companies and his own initiative and has delivered cloud trainings to a variety of IT companies including but not exclusive to Ericsson Global, Rogers Canada, CheckPoint Canada, VirtuStream Lithuania, NasDaq Europe, and Samsung SDS Korea etc. MarkoCloud strives to deliver high quality, hands-on, technically-oriented courses in the field of Cloud Computing. In 2016, Marko Sluga became a member of the OpenStack foundation and started independently building and delivering his own course material. From there the MarkoCloud brand was born.

June 1st 2017

Announcing new courses

In September the markocloud brand will celebrate it’s first birthday and on this occasion we will be launching a new, modular design to our classroom and online live trainings. We would like to announce the release of the following new courses that will be part of our exciting new course-ware design:
1. OpenStack Essentials 101 – Ocata release
We have updated our core OpenStack three-day introductory course that covers the basics of all of the OpenStack programs and overviews all the components of a typical OpenStack IaaS environment to the Ocata release. The course includes the familiar deep dives on Nova, Neutron, Cinder and Swift and an overview of Orchestration and Automation.
2. OpenStack Basics 
A one-day modular course that covers the basics of OpenStack and Cloud Computing. The course candidates will get to learn about the inner workings of the OpenStack IaaS components and get to use their very own OpenStack installation via the Horizon and the CLI. The course is designed as 50% theory and 50% labs so the candidates get a good understanding of OpenStack, it’s benefits for the enterprise, any version-related limitations and how it ties into Cloud Computing.
3. OpenStackCompute
A one-day modular course designed as a deep dive into OpenStack compute service Nova. The course candidates will get to learn about the inner workings of the OpenStack Nova program and get to use their very own OpenStack installation via the Horizon and the CLI. The course is designed as 50% theory and 50% labs so the candidates get a good understanding of how OpenStack compute can be managed in a real world production environment.
4. OpenStack Networking
A one-day modular course that covers  the OpenStack Neutron program in detail. The course candidates will get to learn about the inner workings of Neutron and it’s components and get to use their very own OpenStack installation via the Horizon and the CLI. The course is designed as 50% theory and 50% labs so the candidates get a good understanding of the reference model Neutron components, including the OVS, Neutron router, Neutron DVR etc. The candidates will have the ability to test the functions and capabilities, and get an overview of network troubleshooting.
5. OpenStack Storage
A one-day modular course that covers  the OpenStack Swift and Cinder programs in detail. The course candidates will get to learn about the inner workings of OpenStack storage concepts and get to use their very own OpenStack installation via the Horizon and the CLI. The course is designed as 50% theory and 50% labs so the candidates get a good understanding of the reference model storage components and concepts, including the Swift and Cinder over LVM. The candidates will have the ability to test the functions and capabilities, and get an overview of storage troubleshooting.
6. OpenStack Deployment And Orchestration
A two-day classroom course focusing on real-world, production grade deployments and orchestration – the course is designed with 70% hands-on labs and includes learning and using the Fuel Community deployment tool for production-grade deployments and utilising Heat for on-cloud orchestration. This course can be delivered as a standalone session or can be bundled into OpenStack Essentials, Basics, Networking and Storage.
7. OpenSource Unified Storage
two-day classroom course focusing the challenges of storing peta-byte and zeta-byte scales of data and how how to solve the modern day datacenter storage requirements with Unified Storage. The course content contains an overview if the Unified Storage Architecture, benefits and challenges of OpenSource and learn about Ceph – an OpenSource Unified Distributed Storage System. The students will also learn how to design and build a unified storage environment with Ceph and how to operate it. The Course is designed with 50% labs. This course can be delivered as a standalone session or can be bundled into OpenStack Essentials, Basics, Networking and Storage.
These courses will soon be available on the OpenStack Marketplace. If you are interested in learning more please don’t hesitate to contact us.
April 10th 2017

The OpenStack COA Exam is migrating to Newton

The Certified OpenStack Administrator exam will be on the Newton release starting May 10th
What does this mean for COA instructors and their students? If you take the COA Exam on or after May 10 your exam will be running on Newton. The content of the COA exam has not changed and still focuses on the core services. If you have been studying for the COA on Liberty, you will still be prepared for the COA on Newton. How should students prepare for the Newton COA?
Please reach out if you have any questions.
March 8th 2017

Follow us on LinkedIn

Follow our LinkedIn profile and get a discount for one of the following OpenStack Essentials 101 trainings. Only the first 10 followers will be eligible for a discount since the number of discounted seats is limited!
If you are interested in attending any of these sessions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
March 2nd 2017

How to build an image for OpenStack

We’ve released our first tutorial – How to build a custom OpenStack image using VMware workstation and converting it into qcow2 so it can run on KVM and uploading it onto OpenStack

February 4th 2017

OpenStack Essentials Toronto is in 10 days

There are still a few seats available for the February 14th OpenStack Essentials 101 training! Get to know the Newton release through this three-day introductory course that covers the basics of all of the OpenStack programs and overviews all the components of a typical OpenStack IaaS environment. The course includes deep dives on Neutron, Cinder and Swift and an overview of Orchestration and Automation.
 If you are interested in attending any of our sessions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
January 18th 2017

OpenStack 101 is on Newton!

We are happy to announce that the OpenStack Essentials 101 has now been updated to the Newton release. OpenStack Essentials 101 is a three-day introductory course that covers the basics of all of the OpenStack programs and overviews all the components of a typical OpenStack IaaS environment. The course includes  deep dives on Neutron, Cinder and Swift and an overview of Orchestration and Automation.
The course is available on the OpenStack Marketplace. If you are interested in attending any of our sessions please don’t hesitate to contact us.