Linux Foundation Training Announces a Free Online Course: Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps

SAN FRANCISCO (December 17, 2019) — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced enrollment is now open for a new, free course: Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps. This course is offered through edX, the trusted platform for learning.


As Agile practices started revolutionizing software development, there has been an increasing need to bridge the gap between faster development and traditional waterfall practices. With its modern principles, practices and an array of state-of-the-art automation tools, DevOps provides a path to bring your operations into the Agile era, ultimately resulting in faster software delivery, without compromising on quality.


The 2018 Open Source Jobs Report from Dice and the Linux Foundation highlighted the strong popularity of DevOps practices, along with cloud and container technologies. DevOps skills are in high demand, and DevOps jobs are among the highest-paid tech jobs.


As DevOps processes mature, there is a growing need for professionals with expertise in key practices and tools. DevOps has not only opened up new opportunities for Operations personnel but also provides them with a logical career progression. There is also an emergence of Site Reliability Engineering as a specific job description.


This course is designed as a first step in the journey of transforming operations personnel into an all-round DevOps expert.


Created by Gourav Shah from the School of DevOps, LFS162x is addressed to a wide audience: from managers looking for guidelines on how to start transforming organizations and understand where to start, to professionals looking to make a career in the world of Site Reliability/DevOps Engineering. Upon completion, students should have a good understanding of the foundation, principles, and practices of DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering. Students will gain an understanding of:


  • How DevOps is influencing software delivery and why it is important for IT operations personnel to skill up with DevOps practices.
  • How Cloud Computing has enabled organizations to rapidly build and deploy products and expand capacity.
  • How the open container ecosystem, with Kubernetes in the lead, is truly revolutionizing software delivery and what role an Operations Engineer plays in it.
  • The why, what and how of writing Infrastructure as a Code.
  • The role played by Continuous Integration in software delivery.
  • What is Continuous Deployment and Continuous Delivery and what does a deployment pipeline look like.
  • The role played by Observability systems, what to observe and why.


This course is a great starting point for aspiring DevOps and Site Reliability professionals looking to get the knowledge and skills to understand how to deploy software with confidence, agility and high reliability using modern DevOps and SRE practices.


Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps is available at no cost, with content access for up to 10 weeks. Learners may upgrade to the verified track for $99, which includes all graded assessments, unlimited access to the course content and the ability to earn a Verified Certificate upon passing the course.


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