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Kanish Singla
Kanish Singla

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How do I become a DevOps Engineer?

It is essential to understand that DevOps is not just for engineers but system engineers. It's for everyone passionate about changing practices and new technologies and willing to work in a collaborative environment where everything is automated to make life simple.

It doesn't matter if you are a developer, sysadmin, tester or support engineer, performance engineer, or support engineer. Consider the DevOps Training for mastering the skill. You can become a DevOps engineer as you're already within an IT system responsible for deploying and managing production applications.
This article provides a guideline on how to be prepared for tools and technology to be a DevOps engineer who follows the DevOps principle.

NOTE: In this article, I've covered several areas. Anyone new cannot be an expert in every aspect. But, having a decent amount of experience in these areas can make you a DevOps engineer.
Learn about DevOps Culture

To become a DevOps engineer, the most crucial step is to comprehend what is the DevOps style of working. It's all about diverse teams working toward an end purpose. That is why there should not be any blame game between the different departments of IT.

For example, if you're a developer, Never say, "It's your job" You can say, "Let me see what I can do to assist." What you do can have a significant influence on the collaboration. (It does not mean you need to feed people with spoons and perform other people's work.)

NOTE: If you are newer, understanding the cultural aspects can be difficult because it is based on working experience in the industry. My advice is to concentrate on the fundamental IT fundamentals (OS Networking, OS, and programming)

IT executives and decision-makers must ensure that all team members are trained on DevOps culture aspects before implementing DevOps tools. This will help avoid confusion within the teams. This isn't the norm in companies that do, but they can often create a " DevOps Team" for operations and become a siloed organization.

People will likely stop hiding their truths and cease blaming other people for issues with projects when they realize that a problem in the project's delivery must be dealt with in a cooperative way rather than blame. As an example, an unrepentant postmortem.

Once you know the DevOps philosophy, you'll cease to say that " CI/CD and infrastructure automation is DevOps."
I suggest you read the current state of the DevOps report written by puppet. It is a must-read report for devops leaders and engineers.
Find out about *nix Systems.
We live in a time when we cannot live without the Linux/Unix system. You must understand different Linux distributions widely used by businesses (RHEL, Centos, Ubuntu, CoreOS, etc. ).
According to Linux base case study According to the Linux foundation case study, 90% of the cloud public workloads are run by Linux.

This fascinating research from Redhat shows the various Linux distros used in the cloud public.

You now have plenty of reasons to concentrate on Linux.
In the case of Linux, the terminal is all that's needed; GUI is less preferred in the world of *nix. Explore the terminals on these systems.

You can use a virtual machine with Vagrant or AWS/GCP/Azure to create Linux servers.

Start by doing the next.
Know the Linux booting procedure
Learn about the system
Install and configure web servers (Apache, Nginx, Tomcat, and others) and discover how web servers function.
Find out how Linux processes operate.
Learn more about how SSH operates.
Find out about different file formats.
Learn how volumes work in Linux.
Learn about the system logs, Monitoring, and troubleshooting.
Discover about the essential protocol (SSL, TLS, TCP, UDP, FTP, SFTP, SCP, SSH)
Learn how to manage services and create services on your own (United and Systemd,)
Host static or dynamic sites on web servers and play using various conjured ideas.
Configure load balancers and reverse proxy servers (Nginx, HA Proxy, etc.). Know the configurations and algorithms that are behind load balance.
Learn how to optimize Linux performance.
Break something and learn how to solve the problem.

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