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Getting started with learning DevOps

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DevOps has created a lot of buzz in recent times. Organizations everywhere are adopting the DevOps culture and reaping its benefits. A career in DevOps can offer a promising future for IT professionals. Find out more about how to get started with acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge of DevOps in this blog.

What is DevOps?

According to the popular cloud platform – AWS, DevOps is a combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity. DevOps enables organizations to evolve and improve their products at a faster pace compared to organizations that use traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. It empowers them to serve their customers better and compete more effectively in the market.

How does DevOps work?

With the DevOps model, Development and Operations teams are not siloed anymore. They work together as one entity across the entire application lifecycle – from development and testing to deployment and operations. The team’s skill sets are then not limited to any one function. Instead, they are spread across the board. In some organizations, the quality assurance and security teams also get weaved into the same entity. A team where everyone focuses on security together is called a DevSecOps team. The processes that were historically manual and slow are automated and much quicker with the DevOps model. The model uses a technology stack and specific tools that make all processes faster and a lot more reliable. Tasks such as deploying code or provisioning infrastructure can now be independently accomplished by the engineers, reduce the dependencies involved and improving the team velocity.

Figure 1: The DevOps Lifecycle

How to get started with learning DevOps?

To master anything, one needs to establish a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. If the foundation isn’t strong everything will collapse. The same holds for DevOps as well. DevOps, like most fields in the technology space, is something you could never stop learning. Technologies keep evolving. With them, disciplines like DevOps also need to keep pace with the changing environment.

The foundation of DevOps knowledge would stand on the three pillars:

  • Linux
  • Python
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Learning Linux is not mandatory for DevOps. One can carry out all the DevOps tasks on a Windows system as well. But it can get tedious. Moreover, the job opportunities for DevOps with Windows are not so many. Most organizations will prefer taking up the DevOps model in a Linux environment only. So, learning the fundamentals of Linux would be necessary then. Linux by itself is quite complex and could take some time to master. Python is the world’s most popular programming language. It would need a lot of practice to stay abreast of all the latest developments in Python, but it is worth the effort. AWS is the world’s most popular cloud platform, and it is used by most organizations embracing DevOps. AWS also evolves very rapidly, so you would need to keep learning to stay current.

After learning these three, if you want to learn a little more advanced skills, you can explore Golang and Google Cloud Platform.

Other important tasks you would need to learn include:

  • Configure
  • Version control
  • Package
  • Test
  • Deploy
  • Run
  • Monitor

For these, you would need to learn a host of tools, such as:

  • Terraform
  • Ansible
  • Vagrant
  • Chef
  • Puppet
  • SaltStack
  • Git
  • Docker
  • Lambda
  • Jenkins
  • Docker Swarm
  • Kubernetes
  • CodeDeploy
  • ECS
  • ELK Stack
  • Prometheus

Learning all these tools and processes by yourself can be quite overwhelming. That is why we strongly recommend taking up a DevOps training from a reputed institute or organization. Such DevOps training would cover all the essential concepts you need to know to master DevOps. It would also help you learn all the essential tools and techniques that one is expected to know when working in a real DevOps environment. Moreover, these DevOps training generally also come with a globally recognized certification that can add a lot of weight to your resume, increasing your hire-ability and earning potential.

Figure 2: The DevOps Workflow

Introducing Cognixia’s DevOps Plus training

Cognixia – World’s leading digital talent transformation company offers the DevOps Plus training and certification course. This DevOps Plus training takes a comprehensive look at the DevOps discipline. It is a fully instructor-led hands-on training. This DevOps training is intended for current and aspiring software developers, project managers, product managers, software architects, network engineers, etc. You do not need to be well-versed with Linux or AWS or any other tool or language to be able to attend this course. However, participants would benefit from having a basic understanding of programming and software development along with a fundamental knowledge of UNIX/Linux command-line tools and networking concepts. This is not mandatory, though.

What does Cognixia’s DevOps Plus training cover?

As the name suggests, Cognixia’s DevOps Plus training goes above and beyond DevOps, helping participants learn everything they need to work in a practical environment. This DevOps training covers:

  • Introduction to DevOps
  • Significance of DevOps in software development
  • Different software development methodologies and their significance
  • Introduction to virtualization
  • Types of server virtualization and virtualization products
  • How to install and configure Vagrant?
  • Version-control systems
  • How to install Git on Windows and Linux systems
  • Docker and containerization
  • Configuration management with Chef, SaltStack, Puppet, and Ansible
  • Monitoring with Nagios application
  • Continuous integration using Jenkins
  • Container clustering with Docker Swarm and Kubernetes
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery pipeline automation

So, you can see that this training will cover everything you need to know about DevOps.

This DevOps training also involves multiple hands-on exercises and projects which will help you thoroughly understand all the concepts discussed in the training sessions. When you use every tool and technique yourself during the training, you will learn and understand everything much better. Moreover, this DevOps training is regularly updated to ensure that all the latest developments are incorporated into the training curriculum. We also update our case studies and projects according to these developments.

How does this DevOps Plus training benefit you?

When you enroll for our DevOps Plus training, you can be assured of receiving high-quality hands-on training that will cover every topic that is listed here. The training will help you build a strong foundation of DevOps knowledge on which you can build a flourishing DevOps career. Moreover, you will get complete lifetime access to all the learning material shared during the training via the LMS. At the end of the training, after completing the training assessment, you will also receive a DevOps certificate from Cognixia, validating the skills learned during the DevOps Plus training. Enrolling for our DevOps training relieves you from the struggle of running pillar-to-post to find out all the information and learn every tool and technique on your own. It ensures you don’t miss out on learning anything. With this DevOps training, you can learn everything you need to know to build a successful DevOps career in one go. The training is instructor-led, so you get to interact with our trainers and receive round-the-clock technical support as well.

Sounds interesting? Then reach out to us today to get started. We offer the DevOps Plus training across a range of training modalities. To know more about our DevOps Plus training, click here.

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