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Learning about OpenStack is the surest way to get onto the cutting edge of cloud infrastructure, according to Jason Baker in a post at “Investing your time in learning OpenStack pays off,” Baker writes. OpenStack LogoThe dramatic growth of the cloud has created thousands of jobs, with demand for OpenStack skills among the most pressing. According to Rackspace, “OpenStack outpaces other cloud infrastructure jobs considerably,” Baker writes. And since the hosting company conducted its survey some 18 months ago, the job market for OpenStack skills has doubled again. “Many companies are creating OpenStack jobs faster than they can fill them, and new companies are coming into the fold all the time.” A wealth of resources are available for those looking to get started with OpenStack, including video libraries, the sandbox and project documentation. Rackspace turned over the reins of OpenStack to a foundation just over three years ago, in part to show that the open source cloud framework was not dominated by one vendor. GoDaddy’s the latest to join the OpenStack Foundation. However, there’s concern that Red Hat is trying to take over, reports GigaOm. The company was the largest contributor to the current Havana release of OpenStack and raised some hackles by its dominance at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong last fall. Smaller vendors are trying to prevent Red Hat from “big-footing the process,” GigaOm says. Meanwhile, Rackspace is now sponsoring Cloud Foundry, a competing open source platform-as-a-service, whose foundation is set to debut this summer.