A Deeper Dive into DevOps

How Long Does it Take to Learn DevOps?

Are you a developer looking to shift your career to a DevOps model?  Maybe you’re a fully trained Ops person who wants to know what DevOps is all about. Or maybe you’re neither. Whatever the case may be, if you’re interested in learning DevOps, there’s a couple things you should know. The first: DevOps is not a role. It’s a culture, an end-to-end process, and an implementation of the best practices by using various tools.

But what exactly does that mean? Well, to start, that’s why learning DevOps takes some time. Ever hear the saying, “there’s no such thing as a Junior DevOps Engineer?” What they’re basically saying is that it takes years of experience and a comprehensive understanding of tools to be a truly effective DevOps professional. But don’t get discouraged. We put together a brief road map to guide your DevOps education journey.

What is DevOps?

First things, first. DevOps is a culture shift or movement that encourages full collaboration and communication to build higher-quality software.  Traditionally, Developers (those who create software) and Operations (those who run the software) have been two different roles, but overtime, more trust developed between the two and the processes began to overlap to allow for safe, quick and high-quality software development and execution.

Factors to Consider for Learning DevOps

While the actual learning process really has no end, attempting to quantify the time it takes to learn DevOps really depends on a couple of things.

  1. What level of expertise you want to achieve
  2. Your previous knowledge before starting DevOps training
  3. How much time you dedicate to each day/week to learning DevOps

To put it simply, DevOps is basically immeasurable. It’s a continuous process that involves a number of stages, each performed in a constant loop. They include:

  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Continuous Learning/Feedback

Within each of these stages of the DevOps environment, you’ll need to master a variety of tools, such as:

  • Gradle
  • Maven
  • Git
  • Jenkins
  • Bamboo
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • Puppet Enterprise
  • Chef
  • Ansible
  • Nagios

But it’s important to understand that DevOps is not a one size fits all process. It’s not just about knowing it theoretically, but really putting it into practice. This process will definitely take some trial and error, as well as an understanding of how to continually adapt to the need; not just follow instructions.

For all these reasons, it’s hard to pinpoint a timeframe to learn DevOps per se, but many of our courses can be completed in as little as a 2-3 days.  We can help you cover all the various aspects of the learning process with hundreds of proprietary training courses to meet the needs of every level of student.  Contact us to discuss how we can help you design a personalized training process to put you on the fast track to DevOps mastery.

Marc Brookland December 10, 2018

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