Melbourne cloud training startup A Cloud Guru today announced the acquisition of its main Australian rival, Linux Academy, and a new investor Bain Capital, through the investment firm’s disruptive technology arm, Tech Opportunities.

A Cloud Guru says the acquisition of Linux Academy will give it “the largest and most effective cloud computing training platform in the world”. Both companies offer training for enterprise staff in cloud computing skills but Linux Academy offered more advanced courses.

With its new acquisition, A Cloud Guru says it can now offer “the world’s largest catalog” for training in cloud computing (for American public cloud giants AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud), DevOps, containers, security, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Many Australian enterprises are transitioning away from on premise applications and databases in favour of public and private clouds. But a significant skills gap means many need to retrain staff for both the migration and new ways of working in the cloud.

“We recognise that our mission to ‘teach the world to cloud’ does not just start with the novice learner or end with the most advanced engineer, but is a mission that meets customers where they are at and enables them to be successful at their particular stage in their journey,” said A Cloud Guru CEO Sam Kroonenburg (pictured above, right). 

“By bringing together our complementary strengths, customers will now have a single partner to keep pace with the rapid evolution of cloud technology.”

Kroonenburg will lead the new combined company while Linux Academy CEO Anthony James will serve in an advisory role.

New investment

A Cloud Guru was founded in 2015 and claims to have helped more than one million users across 196 train and gain certification in cloud skills. In April this year the startup announced $46.8 million in funding led by US-based growth equity firm Summit Partners, alongside Australia’s AirTree Ventures and existing investor Elephant.

As part of the acquisition today, Bain Capital Tech Opportunities was announced as a new “significant” investor and Bain Capital’s Darren Abrahamson will join A Cloud Guru’s board.

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