Here at atmail, DevOps plays an important role in helping us to deliver secure, stable and scalable email platforms for telecom operators and service providers.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite DevOps blogs and resources that might help if you’re looking to: learn more about DevOps; sharpen your DevOps skills; get your questions answered; and/or become part of DevOps communities. From blogs to product forums and Q&A sites, these top ten blogs and resources might help you keep a finger on the pulse on the world of DevOps.
While the site at large is aimed at software developers, the DevOps section of DZone contains a huge number of articles, publications and resources for the field. You can find everything from the very general to the highly specific (for example, which particular app to use to speed up your workflow through automation).
You can find other things you’re interested in, too. Big data, AI, mobile, cloud, IoT and other related fields are all represented at DZone.
If you’re looking for DevOps blogs, the site aptly named DevOps.com would be an obvious choice. The number of resources available on the site is astounding. In addition to blog posts and articles, there are downloadable e-books, webinars, podcasts and a directory of related companies and products.
Whether you’re looking for general content or more specific DevOps information (for example, related to continuous delivery, security, containers, microservices, or any other niche), you’ll probably find it here.
3. The Agile Admin
This site has a different feel from the first two. It’s more of a personal look inside the world of DevOps. Four web admins and developers collaborate on this blog and discuss everything from agile development to the benefits of open source, AWS and OpenStack.
You never know what’s coming up next at The Agile Admin, and that’s one of the reasons it’s great. These guys really get into the details of what DevOps life is like and will get you thinking about issues that will help you scale up (pun intended) in DevOps.
4. Netflix Tech Blog
Yes, Netflix is more than just House of Cards, The Crown, Narcos and Orange is the New Black.
The Netflix Tech Blog on Medium is also an excellent repository of Netflix’s tech and DevOps lessons learned and real-life case studies.
Recent topics include:
- Lessons from Building Observability Tools at Netflix
- Evolution of Application Data Caching: From RAM to SSD
- Titus, the Netflix container management platform, is now open source
- Auto Scaling Production Services on Titus
- Full Cycle Developers at Netflix — Operate What You Build
- The End of Video Coding?
5. GitHub DevSecOps
With ten years of experience and community loyalty up their sleeve, it’s no surprise that GitHub knows (and shares) some great resources.
The best place to start is their DevSecOps page’s “Bootcamp” tab, which covers:
- Getting started
- What is DevSecOps?
- Think like an attacker
- Let’s get moving
- Building a weak application
- Develop a Rails API
- Deploy to AWS manually
- Explore AWS-CLI & AWS-SDK
- Attack the weakling
- Deploy a vulnerable application to AWS
- Attack the application using different techniques (eg. OWASP Top 10)
- Explore security tools (e.g. Metasploit, NMap, SQLMap, BurpSuite and more)
- Keeping the weak alive
- Understanding data generated by attackers
- Detection and alerting with Splunk
- Build a rugged app
- Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
- Automated deployments with CloudFormation
- Whitelisting and attack maps
- Red FTW!
- Account takeovers
- Advanced cloud hacking techniques
- Lateral movement and privilege escalation
- Hunt the attacker
- Restacking AWS accounts
- Forensics in the cloud
- Incident response in the cloud
- Capstone Project
- Put all your skills together
- Hack all the things
- Demonstrate problem-solving
- Contribute to the open source community
6. Atlassian DevOps
JIRA, Bitbucket, Confluence, Trello and other Atlassian tools are common in the DevOps world. Knowing how to get the most out of them though – especially from a DevOps perspective – might make your job a bit easier.
The main Atlassian blog covers a lot of useful topics, including productivity, teamwork, support, communication and web design. Recommended reading because Atlassian has put together a great team of writers who share a great wealth of knowledge and tips.
But heading to the Atlassian blog’s DevOps category should give you insights from the Atlassian team on the issues that matter more to you.
When you first arrive on the Edureka site, you’re assaulted with a huge amount of information. They are an online education marketplace and have (mostly technical) courses on a whole range of topics and it can be an overwhelming experience. But if you use the search function on their blog, you’ll find a lot of useful tips for beginners in the DevOps field.
Edureka’s posts will help you get a grasp on what DevOps is, learn the ins and outs of niche specialties, and prepare for interview questions on the topics that you’re interested in. Veteran DevOps probably won’t find this site very useful, but it’s a great resource to recommend to newbies.
8. Quora DevOps
Quora is a great resource for just about any field – and Quora DevOps is no exception. This site has thousands of questions (answered by experts) which cover a huge range of topics within DevOps – from suggested certifications to interview questions, to technical recommendations for specific problems and more.
This site is probably best used when you have a specific question that you need answered, but it’s also good to browse occasionally. You never know what sort of useful information you might pick up when you click on a topic that interests you, because as the saying goes, until you visit the site, “you don’t know what you don’t know”.
9. Reddit DevOps
Reddit isn’t always known for being the most directly work-related place on the internet, but the DevOps subreddit is a great place to get answers to your DevOps questions.
Much like Quora, you can post about anything related to DevOps and get expert opinions fast. And it will serve you best if you’re looking for a solution to a problem because you can ask any kind of question you like (although technical DevOps questions understandably garner the best responses).
This subreddit tends to have a more technical focus than Quora’s resource.
10. Slack’s DevOpsChat
Slack’s DevOpsChat community has over 11,000 members, so it’s a great forum to access DevOps expertise.
The Slack DevOpsChat also collects jobs and articles from around the web. And whilst it’s not the best news aggregator, if you’re looking for a simple interface that will show you some of the interesting things that are happening in the DevOps world, it might be worth checking out.
Despite the last blog post on DevSecOps being published in 2016, this site still has historical value and an “it” factor, because you can learn from guys such as Fabian – a DevSecOps engineer by day and a Krav Maga instructor by night. (“Krav Maga is a military self-defence and fighting system developed for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces (Shin Bet and Mossad) that derived from a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, aikido, judo and karate, along with realistic fight training.” Source)
Puppet Resource Library
In addition to making useful DevOps software, Puppet has created a resource library that collects a vast amount of information on DevOps and other development-related topics. Reports, infographics, webinars, case studies, presentations, white papers, and just about every other kind of content you can think of can be found here.
The site also has useful non-DevOps sections. Some are related to specific fields (such as cloud management or automated testing), while others cover Puppet’s products (including Puppet Enterprise, Puppet Discovery and Puppet Pipelines).
Got More Top DevOps Blogs and Resources?
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Written by Dann Albright and Andrea Martins, with contributions from Dominic Finn