Devops training courses for UK IT professionals

'Devops' has evolved from buzzy business jargon into a prominent ideology of workplace culture.

The compound phrase mashes together 'development' and 'operations', and this is roughly what the ideology promotes: the breaking down of boundaries between different departments and increased flow of information and data across the organisation.

This is intended to strengthen connections between employees and facilitate faster and more streamlined practices surrounding the development and launch of new applications and other technologies.

Many large organisations have endorsed this approach and claim that it has significantly reduced the time necessary to release applications. For this reason, Devops is now also sometimes referred to as 'Agile' working practices. Understandably, more businesses are taking note.

For a more detailed definition of the term read: What is devops?

For developers and other IT professionals, it’s essential to stay abreast of what devops means for work practices and keep your skill set and knowledge up to date. Several important software tools for devops include Docker, Ansible, Terraform, Jenkins and Amazon Web Services, among others.

Computerworld UKhas compiled a list of training courses and resources to cater to all levels - for those just starting their career in devops to seasoned IT professionals looking to stay relevant in the workforce.

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DevOpsGroup Academy
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DevOpsGroup Academy

DevOpsGroup Academyoffers a range devops and agile courses at locations in London, Cardiff and Leeds. The company was known as DevOpsGuys until June 2018, when it decided to rebrand to reflect the diversity of the team.

Current classes include the two-day Foundation Certificate in DevOps, which gives beginners a general understanding of the concept, and the one-day "Devops From The Trenches", an interactive workshop designed to give intermediate level delegates the skills they need to to put it into practice.

You can find an up to date list of all the available classes here.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning

This LinkedIn Learning course, DevOps Foundations, has the advantage of being free. The video based course offers a basic overview of all the principles and working practices incorporated into a devops approach - so an ideal course to get started with.

The major tenets of a devops approach - infrastructure automation, continuous delivery, and reliability engineering - will be covered by two well-known practitioners of devops.

Coursera

Coursera

Coursera is a provider of free online courses from top universities. The Continuous Delivery and Devops course promises to help you cultivate the necessary skill set to instil a continuous development approach in your organisation.

The course is primarily aimed at developers, testers, ops teams, and product or project managers. It's a beginner course that ask for five hours a week commitment.

Pluralsight

Pluralsight

Utah-based online course provider Pluralsight works on a subscription basis, meaning you can get full access to all of its online courses for $29 (£21) per month, or $299 (£214) for the year.

It offers a nice range of devops courses, most of which seem to be aimed at intermediate or advanced students.

Udemy

Udemy

Udemyoffers many devops courses that specialise in tools from Docker to Linux and Hadoop. At full price, courses range £40 to £175 with some big discounts available.

We like:

Master Jenkins CI For DevOps and Developers
The Docker for devops course: From development to production
Learn Devops: Continuously Deliver Better Software
Learning Path: Modern DevOps

For more courses from Udemy, see here.

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services provides a devops engineering course aimed at software developers and system administrators in small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises.

Type: Classroom
Where: London, Leeds, Stockport and other major cities
Price: £1,500-£1,900
Course length: Three days
Find out more here.

Amazon Web Services also offers devops certification for devops engineers at selected training centres. IT professionals can take an AWS-certified exam focused on its cloud platform. The exam centres on technical skill, automation, monitoring metrics and devops management tools.

Exam length: 170 minutes
Price: $300
Find out more here.

CBT Nuggets

CBT Nuggets

Online training firm CBT Nuggets provides its own range of vendor specific and general devops courses.

Puppet Fundamentals

Puppet Fundamentals is a devops training course offering short sessions of Puppet training over the internet. CBT devops trainer Shawn Powers said: "We try to do training in 10 to 15 minute nuggets so you learn something significant in every nugget, so you don't have to sit and watch a screen for two hours because, quite frankly, that's horrible."

This Puppet course contains 15 short videos exploring a range of topics from how Puppet works and how to set up a Puppet lab to installing packages and creating file templates.

Find out more here.

Ansible Essentials

This video course will 'walk you through the essentials of Ansible, the open source automation platform used to automate application deployment, cloud provisioning, configuration management, and many other IT tasks.'

Find out more here.

Chef Fundamentals

This CBT Nugget video course provides insight on 'the installation, use, and customisation of the Chef configuration management system.' Chef Fundamentals focuses on the Chef methodology, administrator workstations, server recovery and managing virtual machines.

Find out more here.

Docker

The CBT Nugget Docker training course offers 13 video tutorials each five to 10 minutes long focusing on how to use the container management system. The course will illustrate how to create a Docker app, manage containers, modify images and the tools for Docker.

Find out more here.

All courses are managed under a subscription-based model starting at $84 per month. Find out more here.

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Microsoft

Microsoft offers a number of devops video courses, which are self-paced and extremely bite-size. Find out more here.

Microsoft also offers a free devops self-assessment aiming to help businesses understand how devops would impact their organisation.

Take the devops self-assessment here.

Chef

Chef

Chef.iooffers three training courses ranging from two-day online training to class-based courses focusing on the fundamentals of Chef's devops configuration management tool.

Chef classes range in price, from around £350 to about £1000.

Here are the courses available for in-person learning:

Chef Essentials, Devops Foundation for Windows and Linux and Chef Intermediate Topics.

Chef also offers the same courses on an online basis.

Find out more information on specifics here.

QA

QA

QA, supported by Chef, provide numerous devops training courses, from the classroom to your laptop. Here's just a few we like:

Building a Devops Culture

This course aims to help businesses adopt the cultural changes needed in a successful devops team.

Type: Classroom
Where:  England and Scotland
Price: £2,214
Find out more here.

Introducing Devops

This course is a more gentle introduction to devops, its culture and creating a 'devops way of thinking'.

Type: Classroom
Where: England and Scotland
Find out more here.

Chef Essentials

This course teaches Chef fundamentals, troubleshooting methods and it's basic architecture. People interested in this course should have knowledge of writing code.

Type: Classroom and online
Where: England and Scotland
Find out more here.

Devops Practitioner

This QA course centres on 'the cloud, continuous integration and continuous deployment systems, containerisation, configuration management, monitoring and maintenance'.

Type: Classroom
Where: England and Scotland
Find out more here.

Linux Academy

Linux Academy

Linux Academy has a broad range of devops resources and training courses for IT professionals.

Devops Essentials

This resource provides a run through of all vital devops terminology, continuous automation and the tools needed for devops such as Docker, Jenkins, Chef and Puppet.

Type: Online
Find out more here.

Jenkins and Build Automation

This course provides and introduction to Jenkins, installation and configuratiJenkinshow to set up and automate Jenkins.

Type: Online
Find out more here.

Docker Deep Dive

This course is aimed at higher-level IT professionals and centres on practical exercises from image setup and managing containers to exposing container ports and container creation.

Type: Online
Find out more here.

Puppet Devops Deployment

This course provides in-depth coverage of Puppet, ultimately leading to a Puppet professional certification. This is one of the most in-depth courses listed as addresses most, if not all Puppet/devops situations.

Type: Online
Find out more here.

There are lots of other online courses here.

Udacity

Udacity

Udacity is the first stop for a lot of IT pros looking to gain further training or expertise. We like this one:

Intro to devops by Nutanix

Price: Free
Skill level: Advanced
Course length: Three weeks

Find out more here.

edureka

edureka

edureka provides solid training courses for a fraction of the price, compared to others listed. Its devops course is designed to make you a certified practitioner through its hands-on training and detailed devops best practices.

For £279, you'll learn about continuous development, continuous testing, configuration management, continuous integration and continuous deployment.

Find out more here.

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Knowledge Train

Knowledge Trainprovides a range of accredited business and IT training courses located across the UK and online, as well as in-house training available for your organisation.

Its courses range from project management to GDPR awareness training along with a strong emphasis on Prince2 training - the structured project management method.

When it comes to devops, they offer a two day training course in London, which will provide you with an overview of devops and an understanding of the principles and practices embodied by this business ideology.

The standard course price is £1299. However, the course taking place in July, 2018 is currently discounted at £899.

The course is aimed at individuals working in departments involved in delivering software or IT solutions or aspiring devops engineers.

At the end of the course, you will take the devops foundation exam and get accredited.

Find out more here.

JBI Training
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JBI Training

JBI Trainingoffers an impressive array of courses targeted at IT professionals covering topics from blockchain to cybersecurity.

Its five day, London-based devops introduction training course provides a comprehensive overview of devops tools including Amazon Web Services, Docker, Ansible and Terraform, as well as coaching on important components of devops, including using AMI in the cloud, continuous integration and deployment systems and monitoring and maintenance.

This course is priced at £2995 and is targeted towards IT managers, developers, Operations Staff and Network Administrators.

It also provides shorter, two day courses on individual devops tools including Docker, Puppet, Ansible and Terraform among others.

Find out more here.

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