The Linux Foundation & edX announce new DevOps course

[dropcap type=”default”]T[/dropcap]he Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced its newest massive open online course is available for registration. The course,

LFS161x – Introduction to DevOps: Transforming and Improving Operations, is offered through edX, the nonprofit online learning platform launched in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The course is free and will begin November 16.

This is the fourth edX MOOC offered by The Linux Foundation. Its first course, Intro to Linux, has reached more than 600,000 students globally and continues to grow in registrations.

“DevOps is a rapidly growing career field, which provides strong job security, highly competitive compensation and opportunities for growth, but there is a lack of experience and talent in the market that need to be remedied,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “From our past experience, we knew edX was the best partner to help address this lack of talent by providing a platform to make DevOps education easily accessible.”

DevOps started as a cultural movement, designed to remove silos between developers and operations personnel. It originated with operations personnel who felt they would be more effective managing IT infrastructure if they better understood how and why it was built.

Organisations that implement DevOps best practices have been demonstrated to be more agile, flexible and effective in designing and implementing IT practices and tools, resulting in higher revenue generation at a lower cost. The Linux Foundation is already helping develop technology for DevOps professionals through its open source projects, and now through the launch of this course, to provide the training opportunities to educate a talent pool to support those projects.

LFS161x is organized around the three basic principles of DevOps, otherwise known as the “Three Ways”, which outline the values and philosophies that guide DevOps processes and practices. Students will learn how to:

  • Explain the need to do DevOps.

  • Understand the DevOps foundations, principles, and practices.

  • Understand, analyze, and map value streams.

  • Explain and implement the deployment pipeline.

  • Illustrate the concept of Continuous Delivery.

  • Create a problem solving culture.

  • Explain the concepts of blameless postmortems.

  • Monitor meaningful infrastructure and business metrics.

  • Converge change management and DevOps.

  • Understand how resilience engineering and safety culture are critical to DevOps success.

  • Create a learning organization.

Registration is now open for this free course