I sometimes describe Vertical Sysadmin as a “boutique” training firm.
According to Merriam-Webster, “boutique” means “a small company that offers highly specialized services or products”.
Our specialty is highly effective training for teams supporting modern IT infrastructures. We don’t just read slides at our students — our students really learn, they achieve full understanding of their tools and come out able to use them smoothly and effortlessly.
Our flagship course is Git Foundations: From Novice to Guru and by now we’ve helped a number of organizations adopt Git. Here is what our training service is like, in the client’s own words:
As part of our transition from SVN to Git as the backing repository for our configuration management repository, we wanted to provide Git training to our production HPC system administration team to get new Git users up to speed and provide seasoned users with more in-depth knowledge of the tool. We chose Vertical Sysadmin to provide this training, and they provided a very well-received three-day course to our team.
The Vertical Sysadmin team was engaged from the start, interested in our motivations and our final goals so they could tailor the course to meet our needs. When the COVID pandemic hit a few weeks before the scheduled class and we were no longer able to host on-site visitors, Vertical Sysadmin was able to turn an interactive in-person class into an equally interactive remote class that included self-paced learning, remote group activities, and phone-based instructor checkups. Results from the class were overwhelmingly positive, with both new and advanced users learning a lot from the experience.
We are very happy with our decision to use Vertical Sysadmin as the provider for this course. The instructor was professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating, and the material was exactly what we needed to help our transition from SVN to Git. This course is helping us reach the goal of completing this transition and modernizing our system software stack before our next wave of new HPC platforms rolls in.
HPC Platforms Design Team Lead
Los Alamos National Laboratory