July has been a very exciting month for us at Cloud Academy. On July 10, we officially joined forces with QA, the UK’s largest B2B skills provider (read the announcement). Over the coming weeks, you will see additions from QA’s massive catalog of 500+ certification courses and 1500+ instructor-led courses. Plus, you’ll see some innovative, blended training delivery mechanisms that combine face-to-face and our digital training platform — truly the best of both worlds.
We’re excited for our next phase of growth and to be a part of the QA family. But we know if you’re reading this blog, then you’re here for one thing one, and one thing only: Technical Blog Updates! Our monthly blog digest allows you to get the main highlights to stay informed and inspired on everything cloud.
As always, our goal is to provide you with actionable insights to accelerate your career in tangible ways. We are consistently striving to keep our blog and technical content relevant and informative. If you want to inspire us with some new ideas, feel free to drop a comment with your suggestions. You can view all of our articles on the Cloud Academy Blog, and here are some highlights of our favorites:
Many services within AWS require you to create and configure a VPC to provision and distribute your resources. For example, by using the AWS global infrastructure and networking services you can architect high availability and resilience into your deployment using availability zones and regions. This article describes the AWS services and components that relate to VPC management, control, and operation.
This year’s AWS re:Inforce keynote, presented by AWS Vice President and CIO, Stephen Schmidt, announced the general availability of AWS Control Tower and the new VPC Traffic Mirroring feature. This article expands upon the two announcements to help you gain valuable insights into how Amazon Web Services manages security at scale.
Understanding the challenges behind a cybersecurity role is fundamental to tackle the problems that may arise when dealing with a security threat first-hand. In this post, we take a look at what cybersecurity professionals should be able to do to prevent exposing their teams, projects, and wider organizations to security attacks.
Microsoft Azure relies on a few key architectural components to provide redundancy and high availability. Core Azure architectural components include Azure regions, Azure Availability Zones, resource groups, and the Azure Resource Manager. In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of each component and the functionality each provides.
How does one become a member of these elite “special forces” known as DevOps Engineers? This blog covers the basics of what it takes to become a DevOps certified professional. Learn about the DevOps mindset and culture as well as concrete examples of how this culture is enabled through through use of specific tools and philosophies.
DevOps is a key methodology to leverage a competitive advantage, ultimately allowing practitioners to accelerate software delivery and raise quality levels. Some are skeptical of this claim or dismiss it outright — at their peril. The first step towards maximizing the benefits of a DevOps mindset is to understand that velocity and quality are related in an unexpected and beneficial way. Leverage this spirit of quick and well-planned actions by reading through this article.
Certain tools make achieving DevOps flow, feedback, and learning easier, and you don’t have to shell out big bucks to third party vendors to get them. In this article you’ll read how you can build a DevOps value stream with established open source tools — many of which are industry standard — to empower your DevOps trajectory.
Cloud Foundry has made a big impact on the PaaS landscape, empowering enterprises to quickly build cloud-based applications with much less attention to infrastructure. In this article you’ll learn introductory-level usage concepts about Cloud Foundry, including deployment models on public and private cloud offerings. You’ll also get insight into the specific industry needs it meets, and basics around getting started with Cloud Foundry.
In this article, we discuss some key topics in instrumentation, distributed tracing, and modern distributed applications. To better understand distributed tracing in modern applications, sign up for our free webinar on July 25 at 10:00 a.m. PST. All registrants will receive the recording of the webinar via email.
Kubernetes was born from Google’s 15-year experience running containerized production workloads. It’s designed to grow from tens, thousands, or even millions of containers. Kubernetes is container-runtime agnostic, with widespread application — including rkt. This article covers Kubernetes basics including the ecosystem and security considerations.
Google Cloud Platform Certification: Preparation and Prerequisites
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has evolved from being a niche player to a serious competitor to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. In 2019, research firm Gartner placed Google in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for the second consecuti...
New Lab Challenges: Push Your Skills to the Next Level
Build hands-on experience using real accounts on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and more Meaningful cloud skills require more than book knowledge. Hands-on experience is required to translate knowledge into real-world results. We see this time and time again in studies about how pe...
New on Cloud Academy: AWS Solution Architect Lab Challenge, Azure Hands-on Labs, Foundation Certificate in Cyber Security, and Much More
Now that Thanksgiving is over and the craziness of Black Friday has died down, it's now time for the busiest season of the year. Whether you're a last-minute shopper or you already have your shopping done, the holidays bring so much more excitement than any other time of year. Since our...
Understanding Enterprise Cloud Migration
What is enterprise cloud migration? Cloud migration is about moving your data, applications, and even infrastructure from your on-premises computers or infrastructure to a virtual pool of on-demand, shared resources that offer compute, storage, and network services at scale. Why d...
6 Reasons Why You Should Get an AWS Certification This Year
In the past decade, the rise of cloud computing has been undeniable. Businesses of all sizes are moving their infrastructure and applications to the cloud. This is partly because the cloud allows businesses and their employees to access important information from just about anywhere. ...
AWS Regions and Availability Zones: The Simplest Explanation You Will Ever Find Around
The basics of AWS Regions and Availability Zones We’re going to treat this article as a sort of AWS 101 — it’ll be a quick primer on AWS Regions and Availability Zones that will be useful for understanding the basics of how AWS infrastructure is organized. We’ll define each section,...
Application Load Balancer vs. Classic Load Balancer
What is an Elastic Load Balancer? This post covers basics of what an Elastic Load Balancer is, and two of its examples: Application Load Balancers and Classic Load Balancers. For additional information — including a comparison that explains Network Load Balancers — check out our post o...
Advantages and Disadvantages of Microservices Architecture
What are microservices? Let's start our discussion by setting a foundation of what microservices are. Microservices are a way of breaking large software projects into loosely coupled modules, which communicate with each other through simple Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). ...
Kubernetes Services: AWS vs. Azure vs. Google Cloud
Kubernetes is a popular open-source container orchestration platform that allows us to deploy and manage multi-container applications at scale. Businesses are rapidly adopting this revolutionary technology to modernize their applications. Cloud service providers — such as Amazon Web Ser...
AWS Internet of Things (IoT): The 3 Services You Need to Know
The Internet of Things (IoT) embeds technology into any physical thing to enable never-before-seen levels of connectivity. IoT is revolutionizing industries and creating many new market opportunities. Cloud services play an important role in enabling deployment of IoT solutions that min...
Which Certifications Should I Get?
As we mentioned in an earlier post, the old AWS slogan, “Cloud is the new normal” is indeed a reality today. Really, cloud has been the new normal for a while now and getting credentials has become an increasingly effective way to quickly showcase your abilities to recruiters and compan...
How to Go Serverless Like a Pro
So, no servers? Yeah, I checked and there are definitely no servers. Well...the cloud service providers do need servers to host and run the code, but we don’t have to worry about it. Which operating system to use, how and when to run the instances, the scalability, and all the arch...