Announcing the 2020 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year


Each year during Red Hat Summit, we recognize Red Hat Certified Professionals who demonstrate ingenuity, hard work and expertise by making a difference in their organizations. We’re proud to announce that Fabrice Harbulot, cloud engineer and Red Hat Certified Architect Level VII, has been named the 2020 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year.

Fabrice has earned several Red Hat certifications and is a Red Hat Certified Specialist in Linux Performance Tuning, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ceph Storage Administration, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Best Practices, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Security: Containers and OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Application Development, Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Server Security and Hardening, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Container Management, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation, Red Hat Certified Engineer in Red Hat OpenStack, Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack, Red Hat Certified Engineer and Red Hat Certified System Administrator. 

Fabrice’s journey to this award began at a very young age when he was given his first computer and discovered his passion for coding at five years old. This interest carried on through college where he studied Linux at the advice of his cousin who worked in the IT field. In 2019, Fabrice was named the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year runner-up, which served as motivation to gain additional certifications and reapply for this year’s award.

The Red Hat Learning Subscription has been key to helping Fabrice hone his skills in Red Hat technologies, and he is also an active member of the Red Hat Learning Community.  

In 2019, when his company needed to accelerate cloud deployments and give developers more control of deployment executions, Fabrice was assigned the overhaul of the existing cloud architecture. As a Red Hat Certified Architect, he used the skills he had acquired in Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ansible to optimize their private cloud environment. The initiative was successful in significantly shortening error notification times, which previously resulted in a timed-out session. 

For more than two decades, the Red Hat Certification program has had a single goal: validating skills through a program with rigorous, hands-on and performance based testing. Red Hat’s certifications help system administrators, application developers and IT architects advance their careers and help close the skills gap facing the IT industry. Red Hat Certifications establishes benchmarks for what an IT professional should know when using Red Hat technology.

Congratulations to Fabrice Harbulot, also known in the community as @littlebigfab! Please join us in congratulating him on his oustanding achievement. 

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@littlebigfab, 37, from Nice, France. I first used Linux back in the late 90'. My cousin was already studying IT at the time, so he helped me set up my first Mandrake Linux distribution. When I finally got access to the internet, I stopped bothering him and I joined the open source community online instead. I immediately loved how helpful it was, and the idea of people sharing their knowledge and helping each other. From there, pursuing IT studies and a career in IT seemed pretty obvious. Since then, I have been professionally working with Linux for 15+ years, mostly as a Systems Engineer. I have become a freelance consultant, providing Linux and Cloud expertise to my clients in the region of Nice. A couple of years ago, I decided to go with Red Hat Training and Certifications, mostly to assess my skills with Linux and enrich my CV. I took a couple of classroom training sessions to learn OpenStack and Ansible, passing the corresponding certification exams in order to capitalize on the training and demonstrate my new skills. Soon I became a Red Hat Certified Architect, the most prestigious and demanding Red Hat certification. That, in turn, unlocked the 50% discount for the Red Hat Learning Subscription, which I obviously took. Since then I've extensively been using it to increase my RHCA level to my current level of 8. I love the way the Red Hat Learning Community enables people to help each other! Not only can I give back what I have learned to the community and help new Linux users take their first steps into the open-source world, but I can also benefit myself from the great pieces of advice of even more senior users, including Red Hat employees themselves. It's actually funny how every time I first want to help someone, I actually end up learning something new for myself too!