OpenStack, the open source cloud platform, is facing a shortage of trained technology professionals. But that challenging reality could be changing, thanks to growung efforts like the OpenStack Training Marketplaceand training guides associates, developers, operators and architects.

The VAR Guy has been careful not to hype OpenStack -- even as big-name companies like Rackspace, Hewlett-Packard, Red Hatand even Oracle have vowed to support OpenStack in various capacities.

Red Hat, for one, has announced a range of initiatives to improve OpenStack training and certification, notes ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. And Mirantis has been training users on OpenStack for nearly three years.

During an OpenStack summit earlier this year, the conversation shifted from beta tests and pilots to actual production deployments. As The VAR Guy looks ahead to 2014, it's a safe bet OpenStack will gained thousands of new trained deployment experts. But will that be enough? Hmmm...