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.
New Content: Platforms, Programming, and DevOps – Something for Everyone
This month our team of expert certification specialists released three new or updated learning paths, 16 courses, 13 hands-on labs, and four lab challenges! New content on Cloud Academy You can always visit our Content Roadmap to see what’s just released as well as what’s coming soon....
Mastering AWS Organizations Service Control Policies
Service Control Policies (SCPs) are IAM-like policies to manage permissions in AWS Organizations. SCPs restrict the actions allowed for accounts within the organization making each one of them compliant with your guidelines. SCPs are not meant to grant permissions; you should consider ...
New Content: Focus on DevOps and Programming Content this Month
This month our team of expert certification specialists released 12 new or updated learning paths, 15 courses, 25 hands-on labs, and four lab challenges! New content on Cloud Academy You can always visit our Content Roadmap to see what’s just released as well as what’s coming soon. Ja...
New Content: Get Ready for the CISM Cert Exam & Learn About Alibaba, Plus All the AWS, GCP, and Azure Courses You Know You Can Count On
This month our team of intrepid certification specialists released five learning paths, seven courses, 19 hands-on labs, and three lab challenges! One particularly interesting new learning path is Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Foundations. After completing this learn...
Which Certifications Should I Get?
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 companies. With all that in mind, the s...
The 12 AWS Certifications: Which is Right for You and Your Team?
As companies increasingly shift workloads to the public cloud, cloud computing has moved from a nice-to-have to a core competency in the enterprise. This shift requires a new set of skills to design, deploy, and manage applications in cloud computing. As the market leader and most ma...
AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate: A Study Guide
Want to take a really impactful step in your technical career? Explore the AWS Solutions Architect Associate certificate. Its new version (SAA-C02) was released on March 23, 2020. The AWS Solutions Architect - Associate Certification (or Sol Arch Associate for short) offers some ...
New Content: AWS Terraform, Java Programming Lab Challenges, Azure DP-900 & DP-300 Certification Exam Prep, Plus Plenty More Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Big Data Courses
This month our Content Team continues building the catalog of courses for everyone learning about AWS, GCP, and Microsoft Azure. In addition, this month’s updates include several Java programming lab challenges and a couple of courses on big data. In total, we released five new learning...
Where Should You Be Focusing Your AWS Security Efforts?
Another day, another re:Invent session! This time I listened to Stephen Schmidt’s session, “AWS Security: Where we've been, where we're going.” Amongst covering the highlights of AWS security during 2020, a number of newly added AWS features/services were discussed, including: AWS Audit...
AWS re:Invent: 2020 Keynote Top Highlights and More
We’ve gotten through the first five days of the special all-virtual 2020 edition of AWS re:Invent. It’s always a really exciting time for practitioners in the field to see what features and services AWS has cooked up for the year ahead. This year’s conference is a marathon and not a...
WARNING: Great Cloud Content Ahead
At Cloud Academy, content is at the heart of what we do. We work with the world’s leading cloud and operations teams to develop video courses and learning paths that accelerate teams and drive digital transformation. First and foremost, we listen to our customers’ needs and we stay ahea...
Excelling in AWS, Azure, and Beyond – How Danut Prisacaru Prepares for the Future
Meet Danut Prisacaru. Danut has been a Software Architect for the past 10 years and has been involved in Software Engineering for 30 years. He’s passionate about software and learning, and jokes that coding is basically the only thing he can do well (!). We think his enthusiasm shines t...