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Finding the Kubernetes Training That Works Best for You

Enterprise hybrid cloud strategies are growing rapidly, and with these new platforms comes demand for engineers, developers, architects and operations specialists to accelerate adoption of cloud-native practices.

  • Enterprises with a hybrid strategy combining public and private clouds grew to 58 percent in 20191.
  • Ninety-four percent of enterprises surveyed use cloud1.
  • Only 32 percent of enterprises that use cloud consider themselves as “advanced” in cloud maturity1.
  • The worldwide cloud microservices market is projected to grow by a compounded growth of 22.5 percent between now and 2025.2

If you’re in an IT role, chances are you’ve been challenged to adopt containerized application development, deployment or maintenance using Kubernetes. But where do you even start?

Microservices development and Kubernetes orchestration introduce unprecedented levels of portability, flexibility and agility. It’s also a complex subject that makes engineers and operations teams fundamentally rethink every aspect of application development. Training is essential for success, yet deciding on a training path can be challenging. IT professionals must choose from either Kubernetes fundamentals courses that provide a foundation in cloud-neutral development practices, or vendor-specific training that can accelerate adoption, but may limit flexibility.

Read on to learn more about your training options and determine which path is right for you and your organization.

Which Comes First, the Cloud or Kubernetes?

Cloud-native development gives businesses access to the most modern tools, techniques and underlying architectures. And adoption of containerized microservices development across a multi-cloud infrastructure allows IT teams to choose the best operating environment for each application component. In a modern application, business logic, databases, customer-facing systems, analytics components and more can all run on different clouds, yet they act as one single application.

The glue that holds all of these applications together is Kubernetes.

Kubernetes is recognized as the leading cloud orchestration framework because of its ability to manage portable, cloud-native applications at scale. While the base Kubernetes framework provides cloud neutrality and the ultimate in flexibility, it requires a significant level of knowledge and work to build, deploy and manage enterprise applications. All the major cloud providers — including AWS, Microsoft and Google — provide vendor-specific Kubernetes-based orchestration tools that simplify adoption. If your company has targeted an application for deployment on a specific cloud, training on these tools can greatly accelerate the cloud-native development journey for your enterprise.

However, cloud-specific training can ultimately lock your company into a single cloud and necessitate rework if you want to port applications — in whole or in part — to a new environment. To avoid this potential lock-in, many IT professionals are seeking training and certifications to build, deploy and manage cloud-neutral Kubernetes-based applications using the base framework.

Education vs. Training: Which Do You Need?

There are two types of learning when it comes to professional development: education and training. Education is academic in nature, covering fundamental ideas and foundational concepts. The education process includes bookwork, lectures and theoretical application. Training, however, takes a more hands-on approach and allows students to quickly learn the basics of a topic through experimentation.

As stated above, cloud-native development necessitates a fundamental shift away from traditional application development practices. IT professionals who go for Kubernetes training can expect a fair amount of academic education as part of the process. However, not many employers will agree to lengthy academic coursework. They want to see real results, and fast. That’s where training comes in.  

A good Kubernetes training course should cover a fair amount of fundamental knowledge in an immersive, hands-on learning environment. Whether your training teaches Kubernetes fundamentals or a cloud vendor–specific framework, such as AWS EKS or Google Kubernetes, you can expect to learn how Kubernetes works and why it’s different from traditional application orchestration approaches. You’ll most likely take an existing, monolithic application and break it apart into containers, which you’ll then learn how to either architect, develop, deploy or maintain — depending on your education track — using the base Kubernetes framework or your vendor-specific tools. Your learning will provide ample academic information that is reinforced by hands-on, real-work practices that translate to your work objectives.

Before Your First Kubernetes Training Class…

Know Your Operating System:

At its core, the Kubernetes framework is Linux. Regardless of your target environment, you’ll want at least a basic understanding of the Linux operating system. If you’re unfamiliar with Linux, you can improve your training success by taking a primer course on Linux before your Kubernetes training.

Find Your Way Around the Cloud:

If your training class centers on a specific cloud vendor, such as AWS, Google or Microsoft, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with those cloud interfaces. Most cloud vendors have tutorials you can use, or you can take cloud training or certification courses to further increase your understanding.

Keep an Open Mind:

Before starting Kubernetes training, experienced application developers and operations engineers will need to unlearn much of what they know. Containerization, microservices and Kubernetes orchestration work together in entirely new ways to achieve cloud neutrality, increase portability and deliver on the promises of scalability in a multi-cloud environment. Before, during and after training, established IT professionals will need to keep an open mind and explore these new practices so they can be successful in achieving their company’s cloud objectives.

Choose Your Path

Choosing your Kubernetes training path typically comes down to a single factor: speed. How fast do you need to learn?

If your company is still exploring cloud options, or you’re in the early adoption phase of containerized development, Kubernetes Fundamentals, Certified Kubernetes Administration or Certified Kubernetes Application Development training will provide you with foundational knowledge that translates to nearly any cloud. With these courses, you can even become an advisor to your leadership teams, helping define your company’s cloud-adoption strategy.

If your company has already chosen a cloud platform and is moving toward migration aggressively, you’ll most likely want to choose a Kubernetes training class that focuses on cloud vendor–specific tools. For example, if you are tasked with cloud-native development on AWS or Google, you’ll want training on AWS Migration or Google Kubernetes, respectively.

Get Ready for Kubernetes

ExitCertified offers Kubernetes training for nearly any IT role, including architects, developers, deployment specialists and operations professionals. And ExitCertified training works around your schedule, with hands-on classroom or iMVP virtual training options. With training and certification tracks built to the industry-leading Cloud Native Computing Foundation standards, both the foundational courses and vendor-specific training tracks provide the essential knowledge and hands-on skills you need to modernize your applications and improve cloud portability.

Ready to harness the power of Kubernetes in any cloud? 

we’ll help you get in started learning how to build future-proofed, modern and truly portable applications.


[1] Flexera, “Cloud Computing Trends: 2019 State of the Cloud Survey,” Feb. 2019, https://www.flexera.com/blog/cloud/2019/02/cloud-computing-trends-2019-state-of-the-cloud-survey/

[2] Research and Markets, “Global Cloud Microservices Market Anticipating a Growth of 22.5% Over 2019-2025,” Aug. 2019, https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/08/08/1899356/0/en/Global-Cloud-Microservices-Market-Anticipating-a-Growth-of-22-5-Over-2019-2025.html

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