DevOps Foundations

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    DevOps is not a framework or a workflow. It's a culture that is overtaking the business world. DevOps ensures collaboration and communication between software engineers (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). With DevOps, changes make it to production faster. Resources are easier to share. And large-scale systems are easier to manage and maintain.

    In this course, well-known DevOps practitioners Ernest Mueller and James Wickett provide an overview of the DevOps movement, focusing on the core value of CAMS (culture, automation, measurement, and sharing). They cover the various methodologies and tools an organization can adopt to transition into DevOps, looking at both agile and lean project management principles and how old-school principles like ITIL, ITSM, and SDLC fit within DevOps.

    The course concludes with a discussion of the three main tenants of DevOps—infrastructure automation, continuous delivery, and reliability engineering—as well as some additional resources and a brief look into what the future holds as organizations transition from the cloud to serverless architectures.


    • Click here to view James Wickett’s instructor page

      James Wickett

      Head of Research at Verica & Author on DevOps and DevSecOps at LinkedIn Learning

      • James Wickett is a speaker on software engineering topics ranging from security to development practices.

        James spends a lot of time at the intersection of the DevOps and security communities, and seeing the gap in software testing, James founded the open-source project, , to serve as a rugged testing framework.

        James works as a senior security engineer and developer advocate at , and is he is the author of several courses on DevOps and DevSecOps. James is the creator and founder of the Lonestar Application Security Conference, which is the largest annual security conference in Austin, TX. He also runs DevOpsDays Austin and ServerlessDays Austin. He previously served on the global devopsdays board.

        In his spare time, he is trying to learn how to make a perfect BBQ brisket.

        You can book James to speak at your event through his website: .
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      Ernest Mueller

      Head of Engineering at Precision Autonomy

      • Ernest Mueller is head of engineering operations at Precision Autonomy.

        Ernest has a degree in electrical engineering from Rice University. Upon graduation, he went moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he learned Unix system administration and web programming at FedEx and led the technology team at a print and internet publisher, Towery Publishing.

        In 2002, Ernest moved back to his home state of Texas to take a job managing the web systems team at National Instruments, focusing his team on high uptime, continuous operations, application performance management, system development process, and web security. In 2008, he moved into the LabVIEW R&D group, where he was the web systems architect responsible for delivering Amazon Web 千亿体育app and Azure-based SaaS products with an integrated DevOps team.

        In 2012, he moved to SaaS provider Bazaarvoice to be the manager of release engineering and migrated product delivery from a ten-week release cycle to a one-week release cycle. Then he led the 40-person product ratings and reviews engineering team, a very large-scale web property managing reviews for many of the major retailers and manufacturers on the web.

        In 2014, Ernest became the APM product manager at CopperEgg, an Austin-based SaaS monitoring company, which was acquired by Idera. He served as APM product manager for the Idera CopperEgg, Uptime, and Precise product lines.

        In 2015, Ernest moved to AlienVault, a cybersecurity software company, where as Director of Engineering Operations his international team of DevOps pros supported the development teams with tooling and techniques to create infrastructure as code, continuous delivery, and monitoring to deliver SaaS security products for unified security management and threat intelligence. In 2018, AlienVault was acquired by AT&T as part of the company's cybersecurity strategy and became AT&T Cybersecurity. Currently, Ernest plans, develops, and maintains the systems infrastructure for Precision Autonomy, a startup providing API-driven risk management and insurance solutions for drones and other autonomous vehicles.

        Ernest is active in the DevOps movement and the Austin technical community. He helped found the Austin chapter of OWASP, the CloudAustin user group, and the DevOpsDays Austin conference. He blogs with a cadre of like-thinking professionals at

        Ernest resides with his son in Round Rock, Texas.

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  • Welcome

    - Howdy, I'm James Wickett. - And I'm Ernest Mueller. Welcome to DevOps Fundamentals. - In this course, we're going to introduce you to DevOps. - James and I first met while implementing DevOps in a large enterprise, and we've run the DevOpsDays Austin conference together for the last five years. - We think anyone who's had to work brutal on-call shifts or huge, painful software releases can appreciate the real, tangible benefits of DevOps. DevOps can help you whether you're a developer or a system administrator, or something in between. - [Ernest] In this course, we're going to talk to you about the culture you need to succeed at DevOps. - [James] Then, we'll talk about infrastructure automation, continuous delivery, and reliability engineering. - [Ernest] You'll learn not only about their concepts, but also common tools and practices used in their implementation. - [James] We'll also cover the emerging areas, including the move from cloud to containers, to serverless architectures…

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