VSHN.timer #67: EduOps

2. Nov 2020

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.
This week we’re going to talk about how we can grow in our careers through education, from complete beginners to absolute masters in the arts of DevOps.

1. How does one become a competent DevOps engineer? This profession is so new that it baffles recruiting managers and engineers alike. (Ever seen a job offer asking for 10 years of experience in Kubernetes? Been there, seen that.) How much experience is enough experience? What is the optimal path for those interested in following this career? The people behind roadmap.sh have come up with a fantastic flowchart with plenty of recommendations, ready to be followed. (And by the way, did you know we’re actively looking for DevOps engineers? Apply today!)
2. To be an effective DevOps engineer, one needs very good practical knowledge about networking. The Low-Level Academy has started publishing an excellent set of interactive tutorials about the subject. Right now they have published tutorials about number encoding, UDP, and packet fragmentation. Coupled with “Beej’s Guide to Network Programming”, the Low-Level Academy will flood your brain with interesting packets of information. Stay tuned for more!
3. Before the sanitary crisis we’re living in, getting certified consisted in sitting down and answering questions under controlled conditions; usually under surveillance and following a standardized process ensuring fairness and objectivity. How to do that during the pandemic? Red Hat has decided to adapt and launched online options for four of its exams: RHCSA, RHCE, and two OpenShift curricula. Get certified from your own home!

4. The devices of DevOps engineers scream for attention every second. Prometheus notifications, new blog posts over RSS, discussions on Twitter, Hacker News and Reddit articles… it is hard to keep up, and there’s a high risk of productivity drop. Ben Kuhn has published a set of simple, practical steps to sharp our tools and pay attention to that which actually matters.
5. Is the lack of education a security risk in a knowledge-based society? It definitely is. Unaware employees inadvertently give away passwords or other private information to strangers. Social engineering is on the rise, and more and more companies are struggling to keep up with this type of attacks. The first and most important line of defense is education: teach your collaborators that the risk exists, and that they need your utmost attention. Share this article with them to get started in this process.
What are your preferred methods of learning? Have you passed a certification exam lately? Would you like to share any tips and tricks with our readers? Get in touch with us through the form at the bottom of this page, and see you next week for another edition of VSHN.timer.
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PS3: check out our previous VSHN.timer editions about education: #21 and #38!

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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