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CatN is proud to have six Certified System Administrators in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack

One of our six certified developers, Jorge Serrano, who has successfully passed the rigorous course in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack, talks about the hands-on training. It has given him practical experience which will enable him to improve our customer experience. Congratulations Jorge and everyone, well done!

Having so many Red Hat experts in-house now makes us one of the most qualified OpenStack companies in the UK!

To see what other people who took the course with Jorge have to say watch this short video:


CatN Profiles – Damion Parry

Each month we profile a different member of the CatN team so you can learn a little more about the experts tinkering away behind the scenes. Damion’s up this time!

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Damion Parry

Systems Administrator

Letters after name
BSc(Hons), NDip Arb

What do you do at CatN?
Sys Admin, Network Admin, part time developer, chasing my tail…

Now describe it in three words.
Fix the things

What made you get into your role?

It was a happy accident really, I keep flitting between being a developer & a sys admin. Now at CatN I get to be both.

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The CatN Team gets certified RedHat OpenStack Expertise

I’m pleased to announce that 6 members of the CatN team took part in RedHat’s OpenStack Administration course (CL210) last week and all 6 of them passed the RedHat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure as a Service Exam (EX210) at the end.

The training took place in our dedicated training lab in the attic of the CatN offices, and helps formalise the expertise our team has already gained from developing our MicroStack product, which gives you a complete OpenStack solution in a box starting from around £1,000 a month.

RedHat CL210 Training in the attic

This now brings our in our Red Hat qualifications qualifications to the following:

  • 4 RHCEs
  • 2 RHCSAs
  • 6 RedHat Certificates of Expertise Infrastructure as a Service

Many thanks to Gavin Spurgeon who was our course instructor and examiner for the course.

We have 2 more team members scheduled to take the CL210 training in the near future, which should hopefully bring our certified team members to 8.

Who let the cat out of the blog?

The old adage ‘content is king’ has never been more relevant, especially with Google evolving in the way it is. High value content is not only vital for attracting visitors and engaging with communities, it is also an incredibly useful tool for sharing knowledge in a fast moving, agile workplace.

There are always good intentions when it comes to blogging – whenever I suggest that we spend some time on technical blogs all the members of the team are enthusiastic and offer up plenty of suggestions for a title or topic. The problem is finding the time amidst the demands of the numerous software development projects we have on the go.

Operations Director, Paul Maunders came up with the perfect solution. He proposed a ‘blog day’ – essentially a day out from normal tasks to focus entirely on a mini, day long project which should result in a blog, guide, video or webcast. The only caveat is that (of course!) we continue to manage support and respond to priority enquiries.

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Theme from a (fri)day at CatN

Following on from Joe’s recent post ‘Ultimate storms beware, you CatN touch this‘ we’ve carried on the theme of misspelling CatN by creating a tenuously linked playlist.

A bit of friday afternoon fun, we decided to create a CatN playlist with all our favourite songs which had ‘Cat’ or ‘Can’t’ in either the song title or artist name and share it with the world!

Let us know your favourite songs which we’ve missed, and why they should be included - if we like your suggestion then you could be made (in)famous for all time by your song being included in the privileged “CatN top 20″ list.

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Ultimate storms beware, you CatN touch this

Oil Rig Platform

Branding a product can be tough. Tougher still is branding the company or division behind a range of products. I often get asked why we are called CatN. I also often hear the name pronounced incorrectly – Cap’n, Cat’n, C-A-T-N and various others. For the record it is pronounced ‘Cat En’!

The decision to go with CatN as a business name is based on the initial project vision to provide products that sit in the platform-as-a-service space.

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Introducing Alex

Hello, my name is Alex Bisogiannis and a few months ago I joined the CatN team as a Storage Architect. I thought I would introduce myself on the CatN blog and share my experience and the previous projects I have worked on. I recently moved to England from Greece and soon my wife and three children will be joining me in (currently) sunny Farnham, Surrey!

My expertise lie in the following areas, and as my title would suggest I am a specialist storage architect focusing on building scalable, highly available storage clusters to various requirements depending on the project.

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A Fortnight in Fubra

I have almost completed my two weeks of work experience at Fubra (give or take a few days for the Easter holidays) and overall I’ve really valued the experience and what I have learnt during my time here.

As I am a student of Digital Media Design at Bournemouth University, Fubra is just the sort of company that would coincide perfectly with the skills that I am currently developing at uni. The friendly, accepting community of employees that work here and the environment in which they work make this place an easy transition from the uni world to the full-time employment world.

I was expecting to be working on a web design project when I joined the team at Fubra but instead I was given the task of producing a short promotional, informative video/animation to raise awareness of Cloud Hosting and its benefits over computer hardware servers. I was happy to accept this challenge as I had worked with Adobe Flash CS5 at university, and the idea that we had for the video would also give me an opportunity to develop my skills with Adobe After Effects CS5.

The project is coming along really well and I’m hoping that it will be finished by the end of this week. I’ve really enjoyed working at Fubra and would be happy to come back in the summer to complete my required 4 weeks of work experience.

Introduction from the new CatN guy


So this is the end of my first week as Product manager here at CatN and there has been a lot to learn and do! I come from a Hosted Exchange background and while there are plenty of similarities there is also a lot of new stuff to learn here which is great!

I’ve been in one of the DC’s moving a SAN and installing servers, helping me get a better understanding of the hardware side of the business, as well as getting the lowdown on the existing services and services being launched over the next 6 months. I’ve also got to grips with writing wiki articles and learnt the basics of wiki mark-up language.
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