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What would you like to learn? At A Cloud Guru, we’ve got courses for everyone from newcomers to seasoned cloud pros, covering a huge range of DevOps topics, from DevOps certifications to specific technologies like Kubernetes, Terraform, and Jenkins. Prep for your AWS or Azure DevOps certification, get an intro into DevOps, and learn how and why to use popular DevOps services. A Cloud Guru courses combine engaging video lessons with interactive Hands-on Labs that drop you into real-world scenarios where you can learn by doing in real cloud environments.
When it comes to learning, there’s no substitute for doing. Whether panning for gold, training seeing eye dogs, or building in the cloud, nothing beats hands-on experience. That’s where our DevOps Hands-on Labs come in. Fire up real-world scenarios and build skills in real cloud environments. Work through DevOps Security labs as part of a DevSecOps course, or use DevOps pipeline and DevOps automation labs as on-demand tutorials when you need to skill up for a work project. With hundreds of labs covering all different faces of DevOps from CI/CD and containers to individual technologies like Python and Kubernetes, A Cloud Guru lets you search and learn the exact skills you need, exactly when you need them.
In DevOps, figuring out what to learn next can be a bit overwhelming. Let our Learning Paths sort that out for you. These collections of courses, labs, and more have been thoughtfully designed by our in-house cloud experts to act as a DevOps bootcamp that charts the path to cloud success for a variety of DevOps roles. Want to stay platform specific? Set off on our AWS DevOps, Azure DevOps, or Google Cloud DevOps Learning Paths. Or dive into our cloud adjacent DevOps Learning Path to go deep into key disciplines like DevSecOps, and key third-party services like Kubernetes, Docker, Prometheus, Hashicorp Packer, and more to build your DevOps engineer skills.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about DevOps learning below.
While DevOps may sound like a covert military outfit, at its core it is the combination of software development and IT operations. Grab the “dev” from development and the “ops” from IT operations and boom, DevOps.
Broadly speaking, DevOps operates on a model of continuous integration and continuous delivery, or CI/CD, to deliver and evolve products faster than using traditional management processes. And it’s not just a process. It’s a shift in workplace culture that encourages tight collaboration between teams. There are all kinds of tools and services out there to automate and streamline the DevOps workflow, but ultimately, people are the key component.
AWS offers the following definition of the DevOps model:
DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market.
Although very similar, Site Reliability Engineering (or SRE for short) has a few crucial differentiating features from DevOps.
SRE is essentially less human-centric than DevOps, and more concerned with the availability and scalability of the software DevOps teams build. DevOps is very structural, coordinating how team members from both development and operations teams interact with one another to achieve a smooth workflow for building, testing, deploying, and supporting software. SRE focuses on the ongoing functionality of those DevOps principles. Think of DevOps as the “rules” of the culture as a whole, and SRE as the actual following and enforcement of those rules.
Site reliability engineers might spend more time coding because of this, working on the practical, everyday maintenance of software, and DevOps engineers are the powerhouse upfront, designing and deploying the infrastructure.
DevOps and SysOps are two different ways of delivering application software. DevOps is a continuous workflow that relies on short lifecycles and lots of automation, and SysOps infrastructure management is slightly more linear, rigid in its timeline, and virtually risk-free, historically holding a tried-and-true reputation.
When it comes to picking a delivery model, those who prefer DevOps usually have a higher volume of output and less time to work, while those who can afford to take the time to follow a more traditional approach and streamline their existing structure might choose to follow a SysOps model.
No, we aren’t just making up nicknames at this point! DevSecOps is very real, and stands for “Development Security Operations.” Though the two might be used interchangeably, DevSecOps adds a crucial role of addressing potential security issues early in the development process. DevSecOps considers data security and privacy through the evaluation of vulnerable areas and loopholes, adding an additional layer of safety and foolproofing to the DevOps workflow.
DevSecOps enhances the resilience of the DevOps model by taking advantage of the silo-less framework and increasing the availability of security teams so they can operate on a continuous basis instead of simply as-needed.
Because DevOps engineers are asked to tackle the responsibilities associated with both software development and operations (we know — you didn’t see that coming), there are many different job roles they might have. On a daily basis, the tasks associated with the DevOps engineer title are all within the very general category of “problem solving.”
Career DevOps engineers might begin with the title of Release Manager or Test Engineer then increase their rank all the way up to Cloud Engineer or even DevOps Architect. There are many cloud and DevOps certifications available for engineers to work toward, such as Docker, CKA and CKAD, and Jenkins.
The DevOps career path is extremely stable because it is designed to grow as technology improves and the world shifts to the cloud. According to Payscale, DevOps jobs are lucrative and high-paying, with a median salary currently hovering right around the six-figure mark in the U.S.
You don’t need any prerequisites to learn DevOps, but we’d recommend that you have some familiarity with core cloud concepts before getting started. Otherwise that learning curve might be a steep one! Some familiarity with coding and software development is also recommended.
Now, while you don’t need any prerequisites to learn DevOps, you’ll find that you’re going to need a combination of hard and soft skills to succeed in a DevOps career.
DevOps professionals must toe the line between tech wizards and people pleasers. Some capabilities DevOps engineers might be required to have include:
In a nutshell, a DevOps engineer is expected to be a jack of all trades but is well rewarded for navigating the complex system.
Trying to keep up with the latest in DevOps? The ACG blog is a great place to read up on the new and notable, go deep on nuanced topics, and get tips and insights from leading DevOps experts.
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