Breakout Bonanza

So you’ve decided to go to re:Invent! While it’s easy to get distracted with the fun parties, vendors, and the idea of being in Vegas itself, remember the whole point of re:Invent is to learn and advance our AWS prowess, right? There are a tremendous amount of learning opportunities or breakouts to attend – it can seem overwhelming! But let’s first recap some basics:

There are three types of breakout content levels: introductory, advanced, and expert; and three different types of content types: sessions, workshops, and chalk talks. Chalk talks are brand new for 2017 and are an interactive hour-long format intended for a more intimate audience. There are also three different content venues: Aria, MGM Grande, and Venetian. re:Invent also has a plethora of session tracks, or topics, such as gaming, artificial intelligence and machine learning, healthcare, and serverless, just to name a few.

I decided to ask a couple of my peers on the AWS content team which breakouts they plan on attending and how that is going to shape our content for 2018! (more…)

Multiple LXD Hosts Can Share a Discreet Layer-2 Container-Only Network

Interested in LXD and LXC?  Check out our new LXC/LXD Deep Dive course here at Linux Academy!  We cover topics including installation, launching containers, persistent storage, networking, and even cover some fascinating use cases to make LXC useful and relevant to you right now!

We’ve also created this LXC-LXD Cheat Sheet to help you get started with LXD right away!


LXD is a really fun and easy way to jump into containers, especially if you have some experience with virtual machines.  LXD is designed to create machine containers, which strongly resemble virtual machines, so trying out new distributions or testing application deployments is easy and – dare I say it – fun.  LXD 2.0 brought myriad new features to the platform, but a few tasks remain adorably unfledged. A single node of LXD, for instance, can easily be initialized and containers come up on their own private network with the default settings.  Once a second node is added, a major limitation becomes obvious:  Each node has its own private network for containers and, without some networking jujitsu, will never be able to communicate with one another.

Getting all those containers on the same layer 2 network, regardless of which host each one resides on, is what this post is all about.  


New Course: LXC/LXD Deep Dive

New Course: LXC/LXD Deep Dive

We just published our latest course, LXC/LXD Deep Dive, by our Course Author, Chad Miller. Chad has many years of experience teaching technical professionals everything from database design to OpenStack and has spoken at conferences on topics ranging from containers to the best way to configure a storage cluster.

The course is divided into six in-depth video segments and runs for a little less than 3 hours.


Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform Pumps Up the Power With 96 Core Machine Types

What do Google Cloud Platform and Scotty from Star Trek have in common? They both need more power!

Google just announced the ability to create single VMs on Compute Engine with up to 96 cores. This is a 50% increase from their previous max allotment and greater than any other cloud platform vendor. With the new high core count machines, you can also pair them with up to 624 GB of memory (with plans to offer up to 4 TB in the future). To avoid paying for more resources than you need, custom machine types are also available so you can select your own memory to CPU count ratio which, again, only GCP offers.

These new machine types are among the few to be certified for SAP HANA scale-up deployments, which require massive power for its database resources. (more…)

How to Move into an AWS Role from a Traditional IT job

A few years ago, I was working for one of the largest consulting firms in the world. I was recruited into their Emerging Tech department and was in a traditional software development/consulting role. I am very grateful that this company invested in its talent, and there were always incredible learning opportunities. One of my first clients was a large cruise line and our presence on the project was growing rapidly – I was one of the first on the ground, and it ended up being well over a 200-person project. One area we needed help in was DevOps – which, believe it or not – was a relatively new concept, so I asked my lead to attend a DevOps Academy within the firm. During the DevOps Academy, they touched on AWS; I was immediately in awe, and a mentor that I had respected nudged me and said, “If you like this AWS stuff, they have full training you can attend and will pay for you to get certified.” That was basically it – I was hooked! I took the AWS Developer training (and back then very few people in the firm even had that cert), got certified, and joined the firm’s AWS strategic partnership. OK, so that was how I did it several years ago – but how can you do it now? (more…)

Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Halloween Pumpkin Contest 2017

We’re not sure if we mentioned this to you before, but we here at Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments really enjoy the holiday season. In fact, we don’t just enjoy it – we LOVE it. This trickles through the organization, and our CEO/Founder, Anthony James, is already thinking about December celebrations (is that Christmas music I hear? 🎄 Feel free to message him about it, if you don’t believe me!).

We’re very excited about the upcoming months and thought, what better way than to share our excitement with the rest of the world? So, we are thrilled to be hosting a fun Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments pumpkin carving contest with all of you! 🎃

Show off and submit your pumpkin design to the Linux Academy/Cloud Assessments Pumpkin Carving Contest this year! We have some pretty competitive people on the team, so join us as we celebrate the festivities and show us your competitive side! We have a few prizes to giveaway, but the contest alone will be a lot of fun!

The 2017 Pumpkin Contest begins on October 10th 2017, pumpkin photo submissions end on October 29th 2017, and voting is on October 30th 2017. Winners will be announced October 31st.

We’ll have 3 winners, with 1 winner in each category:

  1. Best of Linux Academy/Cloud Assessments
  2. Most Creative
  3. Spookiest

Good luck! We’re so excited to be sharing this season with you and seeing all of your pumpkins come to life!

Microsoft is Retiring Their Azure Architect Exam! A Linux Academy Investigation

Fresh off the plane from Ignite, we have so many things to discuss with everyone that we are just bursting at the seams! You may have seen some of our recent blog posts regarding announcements from the conference, and we have much more to come as we begin to start diving deeper into the upcoming updates and new features from Microsoft; however, today’s discussion revolves around something that occurred after the conference!

As it is with most conferences from major cloud providers, announcements and updates to certifications for competency generally occur around the time of their major conferences and also sometimes involve beta testing those exams with conference attendees.

Recently, Microsoft announced changes to the domain competencies for exam 70-532 and 70-533 exams (we already have courses in development that cover the new objectives); however, we also have a new update to discuss regarding the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam! (more…)