Me and CloudU – So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

(For those not au fait with the late, great Douglas Adams and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the above title is a reference to that awesome tome.)

Over the last couple of years, I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved at CloudU. When I first approached Rackspace with the idea of a vendor neutral cloud education series and certificate, I was stoked to get some awesome buy-in at all levels of the organization. In particular the awesome Michael Ferranti did an amazing job of balancing the different imperatives, proofing my sometimes less than stellar copy and generally keeping things on track.

Since then we’ve produced over a dozen reports, a bunch of really cool videos, dozens of blog posts and have spoken at a myriad of events. Over 10,000 people have gained the CloduU certificate and we’ve even had some awesome feedback about people getting jobs upon completion of CloudU.

But all good things must come to an end and Rackspace will move CloudU in-house for 2013.  I’ve always run the CloudU program as a consultant, believing that my ability to be outside the fold would help to achieve the original vision. It also fitted better with the fact that I live outside of the US and do a bunch of other consulting work on the side.

So I’ll be moving on from CloudU, I’m super proud of the program and look forward to seeing Rackspace take it to the next level. I’m keen to remain in touch with the CloudU community – don’t be shy to look me up on the Twitters!