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.
How to Unlock Complimentary Access to Cloud Academy
Are you looking to get trained or certified on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, DevOps, Cloud Security, Python, Java, or another technical skill? Then you'll want to mark your calendars for August 23, 2019. Starting Friday at 12:00 a.m. PDT (3:00 a.m. EDT), Cloud Academy is offering c...
What Exactly Is a Cloud Architect and How Do You Become One?
One of the buzzwords surrounding the cloud that I'm sure you've heard is "Cloud Architect." In this article, I will outline my understanding of what a cloud architect does and I'll analyze the skills and certifications necessary to become one. I will also list some of the types of jobs ...
Boto: Using Python to Automate AWS Services
Boto allows you to write scripts to automate things like starting AWS EC2 instances Boto is a Python package that provides programmatic connectivity to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers a range of services for dynamically scaling servers including the core compute service, Elastic...
Content Roadmap: AZ-500, ITIL 4, MS-100, Google Cloud Associate Engineer, and More
Last month, Cloud Academy joined forces with QA, the UK’s largest B2B skills provider, and it put us in an excellent position to solve a massive skills gap problem. As a result of this collaboration, you will see our training library grow with additions from QA’s massive catalog of 500+...
DevSecOps: How to Secure DevOps Environments
Security has been a friction point when discussing DevOps. This stems from the assumption that DevOps teams move too fast to handle security concerns. This makes sense if Information Security (InfoSec) is separate from the DevOps value stream, or if development velocity exceeds the band...
Test Your Cloud Knowledge on AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform
Cloud skills are in demand | In today's digital era, employers are constantly seeking skilled professionals with working knowledge of AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. According to the 2019 Trends in Cloud Transformation report by 451 Research: Business and IT transformations re...
Disadvantages of Cloud Computing
If you want to deliver digital services of any kind, you’ll need to estimate all types of resources, not the least of which are CPU, memory, storage, and network connectivity. Which resources you choose for your delivery — cloud-based or local — is up to you. But you’ll definitely want...
Google Cloud vs AWS: A Comparison (or can they be compared?)
The "Google Cloud vs AWS" argument used to be a common discussion among our members, but is this still really a thing? You may already know that there are three major players in the public cloud platforms arena: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP)...
Deployment Orchestration with AWS Elastic Beanstalk
If you're responsible for the development and deployment of web applications within your AWS environment for your organization, then it's likely you've heard of AWS Elastic Beanstalk. If you are new to this service, or simply need to know a bit more about the service and the benefits th...
How to Use & Install the AWS CLI
What is the AWS CLI? | The AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is for managing your AWS services from a terminal session on your own client, allowing you to control and configure multiple AWS services and implement a level of automation. If you’ve been using AWS for some time and feel...
AWS Fundamentals: Understanding Compute, Storage, Database, Networking & Security
If you are just starting out on your journey toward mastering AWS cloud computing, then your first stop should be to understand the AWS fundamentals. This will enable you to get a solid foundation to then expand your knowledge across the entire AWS service catalog. It can be both d...
How to Become a DevOps Engineer
The DevOps Handbook introduces DevOps as a framework for improving the process for converting a business hypothesis into a technology-enabled service that delivers value to the customer. This process is called the value stream. Accelerate finds that applying DevOps principles of flow, f...