HP Targets Cloud Providers With New Certifications, Wares

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HP launched a suite of new cloud computing certifications to give partners and customers the stamp of approval that they have the chops to design and deploy a cloud environment.

The new certifications, which HP added to its HP ExpertONE Converged Infrastructure certification portfolio at HP Discovery in Vienna, cover cloud areas like business alignment, infrastructure, software and provisioning, said Rebekah Harvey, director of learning product management, certification and learning at HP. They focus on HP CloudSystem, the tech giant's integrated and open platform for building and managing services across private, public and cloud environments.

First, HP unveiled the HP Accredited Solutions Expert (ASE) Cloud Architect certification, which enables certification holders to architect a spectrum of cloud services, wither public private or hybrid, Harvey said.

The HP ASE Cloud Integrator certification enables professionals to build, install and integrate cloud solutions based on HP Cloud Service Automation for Matrix and provisioning software for the cloud.

And the HP Master ASE -- Cloud Integrator certification enables holders to build, install and integrate hybrid enterprise and service provider clouds based HP CloudSystem and Converged Infrastructure.

"We're really blending our Converged Infrastructure certifications with our cloud certifications," Harvey said.

HP also extended its learning offerings to a network of partners, dubbed HP ExpertONE Learning Solutions Partners, which includes CompetenC Solutions, Global Knowledge, INDC, Next Step Learning and Training Partners, five independent commercial training organizations.

HP also launched the HP Press program which lets individuals pursue learning on their own to gain knowledge to achieve certifications. The courses will be available through traditional and online bookstores, along with the HP Press Marketplace.

Harvey said the goal is to arm customers and partners with the new skills required in the growing cloud computing-dominated marketplace. She said different customers have different needs when it comes to cloud, and new skill sets are required to tackle those emerging opportunities.

"It's no longer one size fits all," she said. "This is really focused on closing the skills gap … and give people a roadmap to close the competency gap."

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