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DevOps Career Path: Roadmap to Kickstart Your Journey

DevOps Career Path: Roadmap to Kickstart Your Journey

Starting with DevOps can seem overwhelming, given the vast landscape of tools and practices, but you can systematically approach it with the right roadmap and resources. Here’s a structured roadmap along with resources to help you start your DevOps journey:

1. Understanding the Fundamentals:

  • What is DevOps?

    • Book: "The Phoenix Project" by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford.

    • Book: "The DevOps Handbook" by Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis, and Jez Humble.

  • Principles of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)

2. Version Control:

3. Infrastructure as Code (IaC):

  • Introduction to IaC

    • Blog: Infrastructure as Code – A Quick and Simple Explanation by Mike Loukides

  • Tools: Terraform, Ansible, Chef, Puppet

    • Official documentation and tutorials for each tool.

4. Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD):

  • Jenkins (One of the most popular CI/CD tools)

  • Other CI/CD Tools: Travis CI, CircleCI, GitLab CI, and others.

5. Containerization:

6. Monitoring & Logging:

  • Prometheus, Grafana, ELK Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana)

    • Official documentation and tutorials for each tool.

7. Cloud Platforms:

Get acquainted with at least one of the major cloud providers. Most of them offer a free tier which is great for practicing.

8. Other Concepts and Practices:

  • Immutable Infrastructure

  • Microservices Architecture: Book - "Building Microservices" by Sam Newman.

  • Database Management in a DevOps culture

  • Security in DevOps (DevSecOps)

9. Soft Skills and Cultural Understanding:

  • Collaboration & Communication

  • Understanding the cultural shift and breaking down the silos between development and operations teams.

10. Advanced Topics (Once you've mastered the basics):

  • Service Meshes: Istio, Linkerd

  • Advanced Kubernetes: Helm, Network policies, etc.

  • Serverless Architectures: AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, etc.

11. Stay Updated:

The world of DevOps is constantly evolving.

  • Blogs:, DZone's DevOps section, The New Stack.

  • Conferences: DevOps Days, AWS re:Invent, KubeCon, etc.

  • Podcasts: The DevOps Café, Kubernetes Podcast from Google, etc.

Remember, the essence of DevOps isn't just about tools but a cultural and philosophical change. The tools and practices are there to support this cultural shift. Always focus on the principles of collaboration, automation, measurement, and constant improvement.

Read DevOps Demystified 2023: Career Prospects, Skills, and Benefits Unveiled blog to get more detailed information on a few points. Connect with me on social media: Twitter: @Pravin__Mali LinkedIn: rhcepravin-mali Instagram: connectwithpravinmali Remember, the future of DevOps is bright, and together we can explore its endless possibilities!

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