Category Archives: DevOps Practices

How Microservices can be used to simplify monolith applications

Microservices can be called another revolution in IT Industry to simplify the applications engineering/maintenance/operation. These can be operated through Containers.

The attached Video class has the discussion on this topic for your free learning:

How best you can utilize Cloud Architect role as an efficient IT Management practitioner ?

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What are the Skills required for a Cloud Architect ?
How best you can utilize this role as efficient IT Management practitioner ?
Many organizations use the role of Cloud Architect for DevOps Practices also in small to mid size IT Organizations or departments.
But in reality if the organizations want to implement effectively and efficiently the Cloud migrations, they need to dedicate the Cloud Architect role as per the standards.
You can also watch the below video to know what kind of activities and planning need to be done for Cloud initiation. This was published by me on May 21, 2014.
For relevant Blog visit:

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What is the need of upgrading cloud skills for a PM role ?

 
In 2017, Gartner published on Cloud Architect role with many activities along with the required skills. We may not be able to use the entire activities related to this role. But there are some mandated activities we can use them in regular business.
I have extracted some of the important points where in the current trend the IT Management practitioners can utilize them and see the differentiation from your past executions on this role. A discussion video is attached below for your perusal.
Finally, I would say you are mandated to separate this role from DevOps Activities assigning and dedicate the role for;
  • Cloud Infrastructure Planning,
  • Designing,
  • Building and
  • implementing effectively for business needs 
So many burning issues related to DevOps and Cloud can be separated and resolved faster to move forward. This way many risks can be reduced!!
If you are an IT management practitioner; and would like to get any clarifications to implement these practices you are advised to contact me on FB and have a call.

Visit my current running facebook groups for IT Professionals with my valuable discussions/videos/blogs posted:

 

DevOps Practices Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1911594275816833/about/

 

Cloud Practices Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/585147288612549/about/

 

Build Cloud Solution Architects [With some videos of the live students classes/feedback]

https://www.facebook.com/vskumarcloud/

 

 

MicroServices and Docker [For learning concepts of Microservices and Docker containers]

https://www.facebook.com/MicroServices-and-Docker-328906801086961/

 

 

 

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You can also compare the SAA Salary among all the roles being played with AWS:

See the difference on the salary amounts to seek your role as per your professional potentiality.

Do you want to the size of the Cloud job market globally if yes, visit:

https://vskumar.blog/2019/02/14/what-will-be-the-size-of-cloud-market-in-it-by-2022/

To know the real articulation of SA, Visit for my AWS SAA class video:

 

 

 

 

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Why do you need to learn from Infra domain knowledge as certified Cloud Professional ?

Benefits of CloudWhy do you need to learn from Infra domain knowledge as certified Cloud Professional ?

 

In the current IT World Cloud computing became regular practice for any IT Professional. Any cloud services we use, we need to know the current/traditional infrastructure setup. But every IT professional may not have that background/knowledge to understand. Because in this industry each of us played  different roles.

The Infra activities handled IT Professional only will come to know this knowledge and will have experience. But the industry needs every IT employee need to know this knowledge apart from the Cloud service provider [Ex: AWS, Azure, GC, etc..] products operations. [Eventhough, if you are a certified Solutions architect with that Cloud service provider.]

Then only whoever the professionals are certified they will be able to use these products/services and implement them under cloud setup. Hence the Infra domain knowledge or experience is mandated for every IT professional who is working for Cloud services or in that infra setup. I have been hearing during Cloud professionals recruitment the interviewers are keeping some questions on this area also. If one understand the Network domain setup then only they will be able to design the Cloud architecture. Hence more employers are worried to have this domain knowledge with the Certified and recruited Cloud professionals.

I have started a Cloud Practices group to educate/share the IT professionals with this domain knowledge. The below link can be used to join/apply:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/585147288612549/about/

 

Visit for free concepts learning:

To join DevOps Practices group visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1911594275816833/about/

To join Cloud Practices group visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/585147288612549/about/

 

Note:

  • I also have special coaching with this domain knowledge coverage using AWS.
  • This kind of coaching you may not find everywhere.
  • Visit the discussion points from the above site to know the level of the coaching.

 

 

DevOps Practices FAQ -1

With reference to my DevOps Practices group questions/queries, I would like to publish some of the questions in this blog also.

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If you are new for DevOps, visit:

https://vskumar.blog/2017/10/22/why-the-devops-practice-is-mandatory-for-an-it-employee/

To learn Devops Prcatices/issues handling, you can join:

The DevOps experienced readers are invited to comment on the queries/questions below this blog itself for future readers purpose.

I would like to pose the below questions for practitioners.
As we all are aware most of the current DevOps engineers are from the background of Sysadmin roles.
1. When they transition into these modern roles, what kind of issues they might face ?
2. Are they comfortable to mix with Dev and Ops culture ?
3. Can they adopt the Sprint cycles ?
4. As A practitioner what kind of support you might need to give it to them ?
Please let us start our discussion with your opinions through this blog.

=== Please note the following on the agenda of the Facebook group ====>

These questions are created through a DevOps  practices group for the professionals who are in DevOps Practices. Their typical roles are; DevOps Engineers, DevOps Architects, DevOps Practioners, etc. Basically the relevant Infra architects also will come into this group like; Cloud architects. But most of our discussions are related to processes, procedures, standards and Implementations.

Please note we are not going to discuss on any tools or cloud services behavior and their usage. There are numerous sites on these areas. You are most welcome to post the issues you face related to improvement of the delivery/sprint cycles through your retrospectives. These can create some actions and outcomes. And all of these can be mapped to the tools those are being used in the projects. This way the new practitioners can learn faster to push the feedback/CDI cycles in their regular projects. Hence the joiners in this group please note all the above and scope of the discussion to scale up yourself. Good luck!

Note: For DevOps technical blogs please visit my site: https://vskumar.blog/
If you are a learner in DevOps, please send a FB request to me. The declined professionals for this group, need to validate as per this description.

With reference to this group agenda, for every member monthly few knowledge sharing discussions participation need to be there to sustain their membership. Totally inactive members are not eligible for continuation.

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Visit my current running facebook groups for IT Professionals with my valuable discussions/videos/blogs posted:

 

DevOps Practices Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1911594275816833/about/

 

Cloud Practices Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/585147288612549/about/

 

Build Cloud Solution Architects [With some videos of the live students classes/feedback]

https://www.facebook.com/vskumarcloud/

 

 

MicroServices and Docker [For learning concepts of Microservices and Docker containers]

https://www.facebook.com/MicroServices-and-Docker-328906801086961/

DevOps Patterns

Visit the below blogs also:

https://vskumar.blog/2018/12/14/7-aws-saa-sample-questions-for-s3-and-glacier-with-answers-discussion-video/

https://vskumar.blog/2018/12/10/6-aws-saa-exam-sample-questions-practice-and-discussion-video/

https://vskumar.blog/2018/11/13/coaching-mentoring-on-aws-solution-architect-associate-exam/

https://vskumar.blog/2018/11/24/how-a-devops-architect-role-is-different-from-a-cloud-architect/

https://vskumar.blog/2018/11/21/how-a-cloud-architect-is-different-from-devops-role/

 

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35. DevOps:How do you plan an IAC [Infrastructure As Code] ?

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When you are working for DevOps practices, the following question I would like to ask…

How do you plan an IAC [Infrastructure As Code] ?

You or your team member might be expert in Configuration tools.

But without having clear environment specifications these tools will not have any AI to get your environment.

When we do IAC as part of Devops practices, we also need to do identification of Infrastructure needs for different environments.

At that time one need to do the following activities also.

This is not only for a Cloud Architect, even for a DevOps practitioners it is mandatory.

Look into the discussion video mentioned in the below URL.

Please note unless you give specifications to DevOps Engineer he/she can not build sustainable environment.

Your prior planning is very essential.

Cloud architect: How to build your Infrastructure planning practice ?

https://vskumar.blog/2018/12/04/1-cloud-architect-how-to-build-infrastructure-planning/

 

How a DevOps Architect role is different from A Cloud Architect ?

Many people might feel the Cloud Architect and DevOps Architect can play dual roles. As per my observation yes, many small and medium level organizations are utilizing the IT Professionals in the same manner. I wrote a blog for these roles segregation with their main Activities. I felt this might help to some of the practitioners.

With reference to my previous blog on Cloud Architect role comparison with DevOps, there were questions on DevOps architect role comparison.

https://vskumar.blog/2018/11/21/how-a-cloud-architect-is-different-from-devops-role/

Basically, A DevOps architect need to work on:

  1. Identifying the Sprint cycles for different projects.
  2. Identifying the different environments needs including the different test levels requirements.
  3. Plan/design the environment specifications to build Infrastructure As A Code [IAC] and guide the DevOps Engineers.
  4. At the same time he/she need to collaborate with the Cloud Architect to seek the permissions/approvals to utilize the cloud environment on these environmental requirements/setup.
  5. Both these architects need to measure the cost of this Infrastructure to estimate and get approval from the management.
  6. The DevOps Architect is also responsible to plan for different production deployments. He/She need to work together with the Cloud Architect to establish this setup.
  7. In the current trend the containerization is accelerating with Cloud technology. Both these architects need to keep working on these areas to reduce the Virtual Machines cost by replacing with containers. At the same time these two people need to think on converting the applications into Microservices slowly with the Agile methods. This will have easy maintenance in future and also the further cost can be reduced in view of infrastructure and the man power. And their guidelines need to submit to management as a proposal. These two people are also responsible to upgrade their teams skills on the new trends in Cloud technology.
  8. If you ask me the question who are the team members for these roles;
  9. DevOps Engineers will report to DevOps Architect.
  10. Cloud/system engineer reports to Cloud Architect.

So these architects need to manage their teams well in view of their skills augmentation and the tasks rolling as per the DevOps Speed/Velocity concepts.

What kind of IT Professionals can be converted into DevOps Architect ?

Basically, the DevOps activities are related to more on Practices and Culture. If your background is related to the below areas in the past, your profile might suit to convert by learning the above mentioned skills.

  • You might have worked on Deployment areas
  • Worked in release management
  • Worked in Development processes implementation areas.
  • You should be savvy in implementing the Agile/Scrum/Lean practices.
  • You should have worked as a Servant leadership role also. [Even as a Scrum master]. In many cases this role is responsible to mentor the teams on different practices implementation by gearing up the teams to follow DevOps Velocity.
  • You should have worked in Identifying the retrospective issues very well and implemented the improvements in different Sprint cycles.
  • He/she should be savvy in learning new technology and transform the knowledge to the teams well. This knowledge should be very simple on the tools features related areas and how they can utilize them in their setup ? How they can reduce the efforts and cost to the company with a ROI Demonstration. They need to prove it to management with a POC.
  • This person is responsible to show some ROI as Cloud Architect does it on DevOps New practices implementation.
  • The DevOps Architect reports to the DevOps Practices head or CIO or CTO. Where as the Cloud Architect reports to CIO or CTO. Depends on the size of the organization, there can be Chief Cloud architect also, where all the Cloud architects report to this position.

https://vskumar.blog/2019/02/14/what-will-be-the-size-of-cloud-market-in-it-by-2022/

Note:

The DevOps Architect need not put his fingers into low level command scripts. It is the responsibility of the DevOps Engineers.

Hope this blog clarifies for many people.

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36. DevOps:Why the DevOps practice team is required to involve in Infra cloud planning? ?

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Why the DevOps practice team is required to involve in Infra cloud planning?

I was talking to some clients recently on the importance of Cloud migration activities planning. I have come with some guidelines for them as part of my engagement. Some of my guidelines given to them, I would like to share as below.

When the DevOps practice team need to do the infra setup  for a cloud migration they also need to participate on the identification of Infra activities and the specifications. Which is very essential.

This need to be done as initial step with any Cloud services migration.

As per my opinion we can work with any cloud services like; AWS/AZURE/Google Cloud, etc., by having the above activity as mandatory.

The attached blog/Video contains the same discussion with the details of the steps required to setup a Virtual Private Cloud. The VPC nomenclature we might have seen with AWS. But similar setup or name cane be there with other Cloud service providers also.

Once this VPC is created the systems are going to be hosted on Cloud.

The Ops team’s responsibility is; to make sure the Cloud migration is correctly and completely done for all the live setup.

At the same time they also need to conduct a pilot testing activity successfully which is mandated as per the Agile Projects management [Agile PM] standards before they announce go live.

They also need to do a parallel run along with the past production setup with a new cloud setup for few weeks.

 

Below URL contains the initial planning discussion as mentioned:

https://vskumar.blog/2018/12/23/9-aws-saa-what-is-the-initial-step-for-vpc-design-theorydiscussion-video/

 

If you want to learn detailed discussion on Infra planning, visit:

https://vskumar.blog/2018/12/04/1-cloud-architect-how-to-build-infrastructure-planning/

 

 

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