DevOps for Beginners

Check out our complete DevOps collection of posts that cover: skills, training, gotchas, & more...

Why DevOps Fails: How To Get Back On Track

Why DevOps Fails: How To Get Back On Track

Have you ever watched ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ with Gordon Ramsay? The show is about an English Chef who goes into mom & pop restaurants all over the US and works with the owners and staff to fix their failing operations. Usually by the end of a 60 minute episode (and with the magic of video editing) Gordon fixes all the problems. Each episode normally climaxes and ends with a big group hug and a lot of tears; then Gordon walks away into the night after making a snarky comment. You’re probably wondering how this relates with DevOps? Here’s how. If you’ve read… [Read More]

How Listening to the David Linthicum Cloud Podcast Turned into a Goldmine of Cloud & DevOps Job Opportunities

David Linthicum Cloud Computing Podcast

Wow, you’re going to love this! I recently listened to the David Linthicum Cloud Computing Podcast where David was interviewing Gene Kim; you know Gene the guy who wrote The Phoenix Project DevOps Book? Anyways, I’d never heard of David before now so after listening to the podcast I decided to check the website and what I found was a goldmine of like-minded professionals who love what I love: Technology, Cloud and DevOps. Why am I telling you this? At, my goal is to not only to write about Shiny New Objects (SNO) but also to share exciting news… [Read More]

Becoming a DevOps Engineer: A Personal Interview with Bobby Lopez (8 Questions & Answers)


Some experts say they’re a ‘myth’ while others will go as far as to call them Unicorns…Do DevOps Engineers exist? If you do a search on the topic you’ll find more questions than answers. So instead of just sharing another opinion I decided to link up with a DevOps Engineer and do a little Q&A. Enjoy! J. Bobby Lopez a.k.a. DevOps Engineer Welcome Bobby and thank you for being our guest on VMi. We appreciate you taking time to share your story. We’re also very excited to learn what it took to earn this illusive career role. Let’s get started… [Read More]

Free DevOps eBook Project (Read It Now!)

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Deliver GREAT Services! If there’s anything I’ve learned from all the feedback I’ve gotten over the years, it’s Deliver Great Services and people will be happy! So if there’s anything I hope you take away from reading the lessons I’ve shared on VM install, it’s this – Deliver GREAT Services! Fixing the problem. For far too long IT folks have focused way too much on technology and not enough on the service or customer. But this strategy doesn’t work anymore… That’s why a few years ago I started focusing my efforts on learning how to truly build and deliver GREAT… [Read More]

Huge Opportunity for Beginners: Online DevOps Training


Become Indispensable! “If you’re not indispensable (yet) it’s because you haven’t made that choice.” ~ Seth Godin ~ I set out to write another post but then I discovered how much opportunity is out there. It’s pent up! So my message needed to become URGENT… For a while now I’ve written about the importance of service delivery, but the need is now! The demand for IT operations staff with development skills is flooding the job market. Are you getting what I am saying? The trend is happening Now! As a manager who has hired 5 IT staff in the last… [Read More]

10 DevOps Skills: Finding The Elusive DevOps Engineer

devops engineer skills

How To Find The Elusive DevOps Engineer Since 2007 I’ve been involved in IT projects to build private clouds and other projects for migrating to public clouds. And what stands out from these experiences is this: A different breed of IT person is needed if you plan to advance your business beyond the typical IaaS (infrastructure as a Service) model. In this post, I will share what I have discovered through my trials and tribulations over the last 7 years. So stick with me and I will share the secret recipe of skills that will help you identify the elusive DevOps… [Read More]