GoDaddy.com adopts Linux Professional Institute Certification

(Sacramento, CA, USA) - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced that GoDaddy.com, the world's largest domain name registrar, has initiated a program of LPI training and certification for their technical support staff. The program began this past March and an initial group of IT professionals at GoDaddy.com have successfully obtained their LPIC-1 certification.

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with Go Daddy and share their values on the importance of workforce development of IT professionals in Linux and Open Source solutions. LPI will continue to work with industry leaders such as Go Daddy to ensure a program that measures the Linux skills needed for the enterprise environment," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

GoDaddy.com approached the Linux Professional Institute earlier this year and noted that LPI's exam objectives complemented Go Daddy's skill requirements for their in-house staff responsible for Debian and CentOS webservers. In addition, the company sought a global standard in Linux knowledge to use as an ongoing recruitment tool for anticipated needs in new IT staff. Go Daddy has doubled in size in the last four years and is always looking to add employees skilled in Linux technologies to support their growing operations.

"Continuing education is vital to the success of Go Daddy. Technology changes so quickly, that employees need to have the opportunity to access the most up-to-date information. LPI's vendor-neutral certification gives Go Daddy the ability to have employees increase their personal knowledge while helping the company," said Lane Jarvis, Vice President - Human Resources of GoDaddy.com.

Jarvis also pointed out that an attractive element in their adoption of LPI certification was a flexible training program that would enable the company to develop in-house training aligned with LPI's exam objectives: "Working with Guru Labs has provided the necessary courseware and expertise for a 'train-the-trainer' program - enabling Go Daddy to develop our own in-house solution for LPI certification training of our employees."

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 290,000 exams and 95,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

About the Linux Professional Institute

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

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