Vegas flashback, Part 2: Red Hat NATPAI award winners

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Red Hat handed out awards in Las Vegas earlier this month.Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, recently hosted the 2016 North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference in Las Vegas. The conference is held annually and provides a forum for training partners and instructors to connect and hear the latest details on curriculum development, business trends, learning subscriptions and all things pertaining to Red Hat certification and training.

It’s a good time to be involved in Red Hat certification. The open source Linux operating system has become the backbone of high-level computing, with more than 95 percent of supercomputers deployed worldwide running on some variant of Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is one of the most trusted and stable of the many different Linux distributions, and Red Hat also has a strong cloud computing footprint through its involvement both in OpenStack and in OS virtualization via containers.

There’s a lot of opportunity available to an IT professional with a Red Hat certification in hand, as recently demonstrated in our very own annual Salary Survey. Two of the 25 highest-salaried certifications in the most recent survey were flagship Red Hat credentials, Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA).

As noted last week, CertMag was represented at NATPAI by our intrepid director of strategic partnerships, Todd Kerby. And as we all know from the famous “What happens here, stays here” slogan popularized by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas is sort of like Fight Club. You can’t talk about it. So while we knew from Todd about the existence of Red Hat’s annual awards dinner, it took several days for any information to actually filter through Sin City’s charming, yet enveloping aura of secrecy.

At any rate, the awards dinner is one of conference’s capstone events, a highly visible forum for Red Hat to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of authorized training partners and instructors. This year’s winners were drawn from a cross-section of the industry and represent some of the most experienced and skilled recipients thus far.

The 2016 Training Partner Award winners are as follows:

Red Hat Premier Training Partner of the Year – Global Knowledge
Red Hat Advanced Training Partner of the Year – GCA Technology Services
Red Hat Ready Training Partner of the Year – Interface Technical Training
Red Hat Commercial Training Distributor of the Year – Ingram Micro
Red Hat Public Sector Training Distributor of the Year – Immix Group

The 2016 Instructor Award winners are as follows:

Red Hat Integration Trainer of the Year – Nikhil Patel
JBoss Instructor of the Year- Vinay Belagavi
Virtual Training Instructor of the Year – Michael Phillips
Onsite Instructor of the Year – Charles Greaves
Red Hat Training Director’s Award – Phil Sweany and Mike Dickner for OpenStack Summit

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Calvin Harper


Calvin Harper is an associate editor of Certification Magazine.

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