Learning Cloud-Centric DevOps with AWS and DevOps Institute
DevOps Institute partners with AWS to create AWS Marketplace DevOps Workshop series
By: Helen Beal, Chief Ambassador at DevOps Institute
May 2, 2021
I remember when Amazon was a laughing stock in the dot-com bubble back in 1999. They were consistently sneered at for being overvalued and just an online bookseller. People saw potential, but no one predicted that twenty-two years later it would be the 10th largest company in the world and be the leading public cloud provider through Amazon Web Services (AWS) – part of the business they originally built to help themselves scale and then made available to all. We hadn’t even conceived of a public cloud back then.
The DevOps community has always looked to Amazon as an example of how to do digital right, to the extent that some enterprise practitioners bewail them as an unachievable icon. They are at the pinnacle of their game and show exactly why practicing DevOps correlates with higher organizational performance.
DevOps leaders and evangelists should never be overwhelmed by what Amazon has achieved, they should always be seen as a source of inspiration and aspiration. It shouldn’t be forgotten either that while Amazon was ‘born on the web,’ they’ve had to work hard to fix their own problems along the way – learning to scale, changing ways of working, and tackling technical debt. As founder Jeff Bezos said:
“Amazon is what it is because of invention. We do crazy things together and then make them normal. We pioneered customer reviews, 1-Click, personalized recommendations, Prime’s insanely-fast shipping, Just Walk Out shopping, the Climate Pledge, Kindle, Alexa, marketplace, infrastructure cloud computing, Career Choice, and much more. If you do it right, a few years after a surprising invention, the new thing has become normal. People yawn. That yawn is the greatest compliment an inventor can receive. When you look at our financial results, what you’re actually seeing are the long-run cumulative results of invention.”
Here are some of Amazon’s most memorable DevOps moments:
- Reports of 23,000 deploys a day, every 11.7 seconds, astonish and galvanize observers
- Bezos’ 2002 API mandate was way ahead of its time, leading the charge for loosely coupled services and inner source.
- Also, related to tackling that monolithic technical debt, was the invention of the two pizza rule.
- Werner Vogel’s “you build it, you run it” statement made in 2006 continues to drive autonomous ways of working across teams.
- They get that the S in CALMS is for Sharing: check out this post from their blog explaining how they do continuous deployment to Kubernetes.
At DevOps Institute, we love having the opportunity to work with our friends at AWS. That is why DevOps Institute is so excited to partner with AWS to bring you an eight-part, the AWS Marketplace DevOps Workshop series. This series is designed to help cloud builders gain the skills and knowledge required to effectively build, manage and own their own services in AWS using modern DevOps best practices.
Series participants travel through the application lifecycle end-to-end and receive free instructor-led training paired with tutorial-style labs to practice implementation using a selection of leading-edge DevOps tools from AWS Marketplace. Build knowledge and skills for effective end-to-end service ownership with cloud-focused DevOps techniques and tools.
There are eight modules in the series. Each module starts with an instructor-led presentation from AWS and one of our DevOps Institute Ambassadors – myself, Leo Murillo, Mark Peters, or Steve Pereira. Following the presentation, participants can choose a hands-on lab to complete from a selection of some of the best tools in DevOps.
AWS Marketplace DevOps Workshop Series Schedule
Module 1: Practicing DevOps (available on demand)
Learn how CI/CD and DevOps toolchains accelerate value outcomes and support safety engineering. Watch now.
Module 2: CI/CD Pipelines (available on demand)
Learn how to implement a well-engineered CI/CD pipeline that considers governance and provides traceability from idea to production. Watch now.
Module 3: Evolving to Continuous Deployment
Learn how to approach and instrument continuous deployment for cloud-native applications. You’ll take away a roadmap on how to adopt safer progressive delivery patterns and automate the release of every new build all the way into production with confidence and security. Register.
Module 4: Infrastructure as Code
Module 5: Continuous Testing
Module 6: Observability and Monitoring
Module 7: SRE and Incident Management
Module 8: DevSecOps