Rackspace Hosting, together with NASA, started the OpenStack open source cloud operating system project. So who better to train developers and system administrators on the deployment, management, and troubleshooting of OpenStack clouds?

Leading a series hands-on workshops will be the Rackspace Cloud Builders, the arm of the hosting provider that specializes in getting service providers up to speed on cloud deployments. The first five-day course, "Fundamentals Training for OpenStack," will spend two days on OpenStack Object Storage and three on OpenStack Compute, according to the press release.

The first leg of Rackspace's big OpenStack training tour will hit Austin, Texas; Boston; London; and San Antonio before the end of 2011. And Rackspace is keeping enrollment limited to ensure a healthy student-to-teacher ratio.

Here's what Jim Curry, GM of Rackspace Cloud Builders, had to say in a prepared statement:
“As powerful as the OpenStack software is, we know firsthand it takes a lot more than software to properly design, deploy and operate a cloud at scale. [...] Students of Rackspace Cloud Builders training will have exclusive access to the OpenStack experts at Rackspace, and will walk away from the training course with the experience and knowledge to install, run and operate an OpenStack system in production.

Is there a larger story here? I think so. Rackspace likes to hype the concept that even though it largely designed OpenStack, it doesn't own it. But despite the rapid adoption of the OpenStack standard on the part of the larger cloud community, Rackspace very often seems to dominate the conversation.

Of course, as one of the few cloud-focused billion-dollar titans of the technology world, Rackspace has a little more clout, too. Does great cloud power come with great cloud responsibility?