LPI at Open Rhein Ruhr

November 3, 2017

LPI at Open Rhein Ruhr

Explore the issues and skills related to free software. Save on certifications.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) invites you to Open Rhein Ruhr November 4th and 5th in Oberhausen, Germany.

The event, which is hosted at the  Rheinisches Industriemuseum, allows IT professionals to explore a broad range of free software-related topics within specialized tracks including, administration, business, community, end user, free knowledge, open hardware, and programming.

Save on Certifications

Get a discount exclusive to Rhein Ruhr attendees on LPI certifications. Write an LPIC paper-based exam on site for 90 EUR, Linux Essentials for 60 EUR, or the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer for 90 EUR. Note: on site exams will commence at 10:00 and 13:00 on Saturday November 4, 2017.

To take advantage of the special event pricing, take the following two steps: 1: Get an LPI ID Number. 2: Register to take an exam. Note: registration space is limited.

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The Evolution of DevOps Tools

October 30, 2017 - by Subodh Jain

How System Administrators and Product Owners Can Stay Current

DevOps is a field that continues to evolve rapidly – and in so doing, stir up strong emotions. Case in point: it is only recently that practitioners and thought-leaders have come to agree on a definition for DevOps. So, it’s understandable that as more organizations are adopting DevOps practices, the number and type of tools used to implement DevOps has also seen rapid growth. In fact, recently, one curated list counted over 200 DevOps tools in active use.

Given that to be successful in DevOps requires applying DevOps principles in practice – by knowing which tools to use and when to use them – System Administrators and Product Owners should stay current with how DevOps tools are evolving. Here are three of today’s most prominent trends in DevOps tools:

DevOps Tools Are Aligning with the DevOps Pipeline

The Continuous Delivery (CD) pipeline model consists of several sequential stages, with each stage having a specific role for moving software changes from development to production. The number of pipeline stages varies by team, but keeps to a common pattern: Build, Continuous Integration and Testing, and Deployment.

For better or worse, builders of DevOps tools have chosen to roll out their innovations based on the CD pipeline model rather than creating solutions that are specialized by other common criteria such as industry or team size.

DevOps Tools Are Integrating with Other Tools

DevOps tools increasingly include plugins for communicating with other tools used throughout the CD pipeline. For example, given its prevalence, all ‘build tools’ integrate with GitHub, allowing software changes to be built whenever changes are pushed to a GitHub repository.

This kind of integration means that team leaders overseeing DevOps projects need to ensure that the tools they choose work together with their software stack and deployment environment.

DevOps Tools Are Becoming Easier to Use

Because of the broad choice of DevOps tools available, ease-of-use has become a distinguishing feature. That’s because DevOps teams are constantly working against time pressures to write and deploy new software.

The focus on ease-of-use has caused the creators of DevOps tools to act. In fact, according to The Forrester Wave: Continuous Integration Tools, Q3 2017 report, the need for easy to use tools has: a) Given rise to complete Software-as-a-service (SaaS) Continuous Integration toolchains, like the private SaaS version of CloudBees Jenkins; b) Led to simpler alternatives to existing tools; and c) Including new features such as the Compose-file support added to Docker which allows a configuration file to be used in place of lengthy command-line arguments.

How You Can Stay Current with DevOps Tools

System Administrators and Product Owners should take the following steps to leverage these trends, choose the most appropriate DevOps tools – given a team’s skills, projects, and budgets, and stay current on how these tools continue to evolve:

  1. Review the tools you currently use at each stage of the CD pipeline. For each tool, establish performance benchmarks. Such benchmarks could include the time it takes to set up the tool, the time it takes to train someone on the tool, the time it takes to generate a meaningful report from the tool, and the number of times the tool underperforms.
  2. Monitor how DevOps tools are evolving by attending/participating in local DevOps Meetup groups and software user groups.
  3. Encourage members of your DevOps team to increase their skill in a broad range of DevOps tools – i.e. throughout the CD pipeline – and have them report to the team on the pros and cons of new tools.
  4. Monitor which DevOps tools that thought-leaders and/or competitors in your industry are training their DevOps teams to use.

About Subodh Jain:

Subodh Jain

For over 10 years, Subodh Jain has been deeply involved in software development projects for brand name organizations. Because of his hands-on experience in the field, in 2016, he co-authored the book Getting Started with DevOps. Subodh is a subject matter expert who contributes to LPI’s blog about DevOps tools trends and best practices. Contact Subodh via email (subodh1611 at yahoo.com). If you would like to contribute to LPI’s blog, contact Marketing@LPI.org.

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The LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification sets you apart by demonstrating that you are skilled in working with tools that help to increase IT process efficiency and enable product innovation. Whether your focus is on system administration or software development, this certification proves that you have skills that are in high demand – in every industry.

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Certification Overview: LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer

With the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification, you affirm your ability to work comfortably in open source tools used throughout DevOps to optimize development and operations tasks.

Areas of knowledge covered

Software Engineering

Software Engineering

including modern software development, standard components and platforms for software, source code management as well as continuous integration and continuous delivery

Tools Covered

Git, Jenkins

Container Management

Container Management

including container usage, container deployment and orchestration, as well as container infrastructure

Tools Covered

Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes

Machine Deployment

Machine Deployment

including virtual machine deployment, cloud deployment and system image creation

Tools Covered

Vagrant, cloud-init, Packer

Configuration Management

Configuration Management

including Ansible, and other configuration management tools

Tools Covered

Ansible

Service Operations

Service Operations

including operations and monitoring and log management and analysis

Tools Covered

Prometheus, Logstash and ELK Stack

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See if you are ready to earn the DevOps certification now. Download the free DevOps exam guide – which includes sample exam questions.

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become a certified DevOps professional

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Become a certified DevOps professional

Gain accredited DevOps Tool Engineer certification with LPI

Stand out in DevOps with certified skills

The LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification sets you apart by demonstrating that you are skilled in working with tools that help to increase IT process efficiency and enable product innovation. Whether your focus is on system administration or software development, this certification proves that you have skills that are in high demand – in every industry.

Get The Exam Guide

Certification Overview: LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer

With the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification, you affirm your ability to work comfortably in open source tools used throughout DevOps to optimize development and operations tasks.

Areas of knowledge covered

Software Engineering

Software Engineering

including modern software development, standard components and platforms for software, source code management as well as continuous integration and continuous delivery

Tools Covered

Git, Jenkins

Container Management

Container Management

including container usage, container deployment and orchestration, as well as container infrastructure

Tools Covered

Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes

Machine Deployment

Machine Deployment

including virtual machine deployment, cloud deployment and system image creation

Tools Covered

Vagrant, cloud-init, Packer

Configuration Management

Configuration Management

including Ansible, and other configuration management tools

Tools Covered

Ansible

Service Operations

Service Operations

including operations and monitoring and log management and analysis

Tools Covered

Prometheus, Logstash and ELK Stack

Get the free DevOps exam guide

See if you are ready to earn the DevOps certification now. Download the free DevOps exam guide – which includes sample exam questions.

Get the DevOps Exam Guide

Get the DevOps Exam Guide

Download the DevOps Exam Guide

Stay connected with LPI and keep up to date with the latest LPI DevOps news

Get your DevOps certification today

Get a voucher now to take the exam and
become a certified DevOps professional

Get an exam voucher now

Stay connected with LPI and keep up to date with the latest LPI DevOps news

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Join LPI at LISA17

October 17, 2017

Join LPI at LISA17

Hone your skills. Save on certifications. Tap into the open source community.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) invites you to LISA 2017 – one of North America’s largest and best-attended open source events – from October 29th to November 3rd in San Francisco. The conference, which has been created specifically for System Administrators, is perfect regardless of your skill level or the industry in which you work.

Hone Your Skills

As always, LISA events provide practical insights so that you can be more effective whatever role play in administering systems. This year, LISA17 focuses on tackling challenges that arise when traditional and modern operations and engineering overlap. To hone your skills in this area, you can choose from over 40 conference sessions (with topics organized into three broad categories: architecture, culture, and engineering) over 20 half-day/full-day workshops, and 90-miniute mini-tutorials.

Save on Certifications

Register Now to take advantage of a discount exclusive to LISA17 attendees on all LPI certifications.

While at LISA17, write an LPIC paper-based exam for $99, a Linux Essentials exam for $75 US or the new DevOps Tools Engineer certification exam for $99. Note: On site exams will commence on November 2, 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Register Now.

Tap into the Open Source Community

Throughout LISA17, you can find opportunities to connect with System Administrators from around the world who are there to share insights and first-hand experiences. For example, at LISA17 you can take part in several Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions where passionate people lead lively conversations and welcome differing viewpoints.

According to LPI’s Executive Director, G. Matthew Rice, ‘Everyone who attends LISA walks gains practical insights that they can use in their daily work lives. At the same time, there is always a tremendous feeling of comradery and innovation that is unique to the Linux and open source community. That’s why people return to LISA year after year and why LPI is proud to be a part of it.’

Linux Professional Institute Launches DevOps Tools Certification

October 16, 2017

Linux Professional Institute Launches DevOps Tools Certification

Following intensive development work with the DevOps and open source communities, the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is officially releasing the new LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certificate on Monday, October 16, 2017. This release follows the successful worldwide beta testing over the previous months. With this certification, LPI is helping to deal with the growing importance of DevOps competencies in the ICT industry and the need to verify individual skills of its practitioners for potential employers.

The LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer is a globally available and accessible credential which will assist in closing the gap in the supply landscape and adds a significant component to LPI’s open source skills certification portfolio. "Considering that most popular DevOps tools are open source, it's a logical step that the certification we have developed demonstrates the ability to use these technologies efficiently and well," explains G Matthew Rice, Executive Director of LPI.

DevOps competencies are increasingly in demand and the reasons are obvious. "Using these tools creates a tremendous benefit for both software developers and administrators," says Fabian Thorns, Director of Certification Development of LPI. On the one hand, DevOps eases the job of administrators by enabling them to handle recurring tasks automatically.  On the other hand, DevOps give developers the opportunity to take over tasks for which they would have previously needed an administrator. This dynamic creates new freedoms and efficiencies that benefit everyone, including employers.

The LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification is ideal for anyone who is technically involved in the development or delivery of software.  There is no prerequisite credential for taking the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer exam, however, it is strongly recommended that a candidate already have a strong background and certification in system administration or software development. Fabian Thorns: "We recommend an existing certification in the respective primary field. This can just as well be Linux administration or Java software development."

More information on LPI's DevOps exam is available at https://www.lpi.org/devops. The learning objectives are described at https://wiki.lpi.org/wiki/LPIC-OT_DevOps_Tools_Engineer_Objectives_V1.

About the Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

LPI is the global organization for certification standards and career support for open source professionals. With more than 500,000 exams delivered, it is the world's first and largest Linux and open source certification authority. LPI has certified professionals in more than 180 countries, delivering exams in 9 languages ​​and working with more than 400 training partners.

Contact person:

Evan Leibovitch
Director of Community Development
Linux Professional Institute
1 Queen St, unit 102
Cobourg, ON
Canada  K9A 1M8
E-Mail: eleibovitch@lpi.org

 

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DevOps Tools Engineer Certification holders validate that they:

Have a working understanding of:

  • Modern software applications and cloud services
  • How tools support DevOps collaboration

Can apply their knowledge to:

  • Set up Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery pipelines
  • Build, deploy and orchestrate application containers
  • Automate system configuration
  • Build system images and run them locally and in the cloud
  • Monitor applications and computing instances
  • Manage, collect and analyze log data
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