5 Cloud, Big Data, and Networking Platforms to Kickstart Your Open Source Career

A decade ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst predicted that open source tools and platforms would become pervasive in IT. Fast-forward to today, and that prediction has come true, with profound implications for the employment market.

“Today, it is almost impossible to name a major player in IT that has not embraced open source,” Whitehurst noted ina LinkedIn post. “Open source was initially adopted for low cost and lack of vendor lock-in, but customers have found that it also results in better innovation and more flexibility. Now it is pervasive, and it is challenging proprietary incumbents across technology categories.”

In particular, open source cloud, Big Data and networking platforms have flourished and the job market now places a premium on workers skilled in these areas. According to The Linux Foundation’s 2016 Open Source Jobs Report, 51 percent of surveyed hiring managers say knowledge of OpenStack and CloudStack has a big impact on open source hiring decisions, followed by networking (21 percent), security experience (14 percent), and container skills (8 percent).

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The good news is that when it comes to five of the most in-demand open source platforms and tools — Hadoop, OpenStack, Apache Spark, OpenDaylight and Docker — there are fast tracks available for becoming skilled with them. In so doing, you can kickstart your open source career.

Here is a sampling of avenues you can take to gain skills with these tools:

When talk turns to job market opportunities these days, hardly any technology trend is drawing more attention than Big Data. In fact,Cloudera reports that 65 percent of the current Fortune 100 is using big data to drive their business. Hadoop is one of the most storied platforms in the Big Data space, allowing organizations to draw insights from huge datasets.

So how can you get up to speed with Hadoop? When it comes to this platform, the good news is that free training options are flourishing. With its sights set on making Hadoop training for developers and administrators easy to complete, Hadoop distribution provider MapR Technologies has unveiled several free on-demand training offerings. You can visithere to see the full list of courses and certifications and to sign up for free classes. MapR also offers free training for Apache Drill and other tools that exist within the Hadoop ecosystem. More details are availablehere.

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You can also look into Hadoop training options fromCloudera University. It offers a certification option that can make you a valuable commodity in the Big Data job market.

Folks are becoming increasingly interested inApache Spark, an open source data analytics cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley. Spark is not only central to how many organizations are working with their data stores, but it is poised to play a big role in processing the data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT). Meanwhile, IBM hasannounced a major commitment to Apache Spark, billing it as “potentially the most important new open source project in a decade that is being defined by data.”

In addition to the Hadoop training options that they offer, MapR and Cloudera are great places to start if you want to pick up Spark skills. MapR offers some free training options, and you can scan optionshere. Cloudera also has an expandedApacheSpark training curriculum. For more information about the courses on Spark and to register for a class,

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