Introducing the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree Program from Udacity

In June, Udacity announced our partnership with Microsoft to create brand new training programs to help professionals learn highly coveted skills. Udacity is excited to introduce the newest product of that collaboration with Microsoft: the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program. This program focuses on teaching principles for deploying and managing cloud infrastructure with Microsoft Azure.

With 95% of Fortune 500 companies using Azure and Azure-related jobs expected to grow by over 34% in the next 10 years, now is a great time to hone your DevOps skills with Microsoft’s platform. What’s more, Cloud DevOps Engineers with skills in Azure earn an average salary of over $99,000 a year according to Glassdoor. Cloud DevOps engineers in San Francisco make an average of $130,000 a year, with top earners bringing in over $166,000. 

By completing the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program, you’ll be prepared for Microsoft’s AZ-400 DevOps Engineer Expert certification exam, thereby demonstrating to employers that you have the skills they need.

What is Cloud DevOps?

Cloud DevOps Engineers are the key link between development and deployment, leveraging agile methodologies to ensure efficient and reliable release cycles. This means working on deployment, integrations, services, and testing. DevOps Engineers are an essential part of getting code written by developers verified and released to customers. Often, DevOps Engineers are responsible for the reliability, scalability, and security of a company’s systems. While the work is not simple, it is extremely rewarding for those who enjoy tinkering and problem-solving.

Program Details

The DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program will teach students to deploy cloud infrastructure, use Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) for cloud infrastructure management, and create test environments to run automated testing. All of this learning will be done in a Microsoft Azure environment, using Azure pipelines and Azure App services.

To get the most out of this course, it’s important for students to have at least one year of experience working with Python. Enrollees must have a solid understanding of foundational coding concepts, including loops, conditionals, data types, functions, classes, and objects, and have a fundamental knowledge of scripting and Linux shell commands. 

Additionally, students should understand cloud computing, including core cloud components (like databases, virtual machines, etc). If you need a primer on cloud computing, Udacity’s free Intro to Cloud Computing course is a great place to start.

In as little as three months, students who enroll in the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program will thoroughly understand DevOps fundamentals, Azure Infrastructure, cloud computing security, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Agile project management methodologies in relation to CI/CD, and automated testing focused on performance, UI, function, and system integration.

Specific projects include:

Project 1: Deploy a Web Application

Students will use Terraform to deploy IaC and Packer to create reusable virtual machine images for deploying custom web applications. This project will help students become familiar with resource creation and management in Microsoft Azure using the portal and command-line interface (CLI), as well as solidify security best-practices in the Azure Security Center.

Project 2: Build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline

Deploy a Flask Machine Learning app by building a Continuous Delivery pipeline with Azure Pipelines and using Azure App Services to deploy Platform as a Service (PaaS). After this project, students will have experience leveraging Agile methodologies and tools, including Trello, to integrate Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) with Continuous Delivery of application to Azure.

Project 3: Run Automated Tests

Learn to create disposable environments to run automated tests using Terraform and apply IaC concepts to make different environment tiers for more comprehensive testing. This project covers performance, function UI, and integration testing. Students will also monitor app behavior and perform root cause analysis by observing log files.

Learning from Top Cloud DevOps Engineers

To develop this program’s world-class curriculum, we collaborated with professionals from top-rated tech companies, like Microsoft. Each of these collaborators contributed guidance and feedback to focus the program on the most in-demand skills. Each of the instructors has extensive technical experience with Cloud DevOps and Microsoft Azure, as well as teaching experience. 

Instructors

  • Noah Gift, Founder of Pragmatic AI Labs, Consultant on AI, Cloud, Data Science
  • Nathan Anderson, DevOps Engineer at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Erick Galinkin, Principal AI Researcher at Rapid7 and Montreal AI Ethics Institute

Enroll Today

If you’re an engineer who wants to learn more about deploying applications securely and efficiently, this is a great course for you to take to advance your career. This course is also great for people with programming backgrounds who are interested in the Cloud Computing field or gaining familiarity with Microsoft Azure. 

With Udacity’s combination of hands-on project-centric learning, technical mentorship, and industry-aligned career services, there’s no better way to meet the demand than by registering today for the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program. Enroll now!

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Udacity, UC Santa Cruz Launch Landmark Partnership to Train the Next Generation of Data Scientists

Udacity is excited to partner with UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, the professional education arm of University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the country’s most well-regarded higher education institutions, to offer Specializations in Data Science.

This partnership brings Udacity’s best-in-class online learning platform and in-demand skills training together with UCSC’s academic excellence and expertise built over 50 years working with practitioners and professionals in Silicon Valley.

Learners can get access to two of Udacity’s most popular Nanodegree programs — Programming for Data Science with Python and Data Scientist — packaged with UCSC Extension’s professional job training, career networking, recruitment specialists, and job search support. Students will have the option to choose a completely online, self-paced format or a more structured instructor-led experience with UCSC’s industry-expert instructors.

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New! Udacity Launches the Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree Program

Security and data breaches are a growing concern globally. Believe it or not, more than 3.2 million records were compromised in the 10 biggest data breaches in the first half of 2020. The data could be anything ranging from Social Security numbers to your credit card details to something as personal as a medical record.

That’s why cybersecurity is top of mind for every company around the world. With the increasing number of data breaches  — up 54% in 2019 — the role of a cybersecurity professional has become vital. In fact, the need for cybersecurity specialists has become so paramount, that according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation is projected to grow at a much faster rate — more than 30% between 2018 and 2028 —  than the average of all other occupations.

As demand for cybersecurity specialists reaches a fever pitch, Udacity is excited to announce the release of the all-new Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program — created in collaboration with SecurityScorecard — a great start for anyone interested in this critical field.

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Udacity Adds New SVP of Sales and CMO to Leadership Team to Drive Growth for the Company

The future of work — jobs in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other tech-driven careers — is fast approaching. As a result, the online learning space is growing and trying to keep pace with the global workforce’s desire to gain new skills to obtain and thrive in new collar jobs.

Udacity is leading the way in helping upskill and reskill today’s learners, by providing rich, comprehensive Nanodegree programs, courses, and enterprise services. And to ensure the company continues to grow, Udacity is proud to announce that Blake Tablak has joined the senior leadership team as the SVP of Global Enterprise Sales and that Kenny Kim has joined as Chief Marketing Officer.



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Udacity Launches New SQL Nanodegree Program for Today’s Data-driven Professionals

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Think about the role that Big Data plays in our day-to-day lives and how we contribute to it. Every time we tweet, send emails, search online, or ride in a connected car, we’re creating thousands of data points. 

Those data sets are used by companies (both large and small) to help inform the creation and improvements of new products, services, and business strategies.

It’s predicted that by 2025, an estimated 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally, reports Weforum.org. As more data is created, more companies have expressed a need for qualified employees with SQL skills (Structured Query Language, the first language of data analysis, and universal language for relational databases) to analyze and create actionable intelligence based on that data.



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How to Get Early Access to the First Two Courses in the Upcoming Growth Product Manager Nanodegree Program

Udacity is excited to announce that we’re giving early access to an exciting new course in our upcoming Growth Product Manager Nanodegree program. You can enroll today in the second course, Activation and Retention Strategy, that is available for enrollment today at 30% off. The first course from the program, Growth and Acquisition Strategy, is also still available for enrollment today at 30% off!

Not only will you be able to get a head start on the full Growth Product Manager Nanodegree program —  available in June — but taking this course will unlock 30% off the price of the full Nanodegree. All progress in this course can be applied towards graduation from the full Growth Product Manager Nanodegree program

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Introducing the AI for Healthcare Nanodegree Program from Udacity

Today, Udacity is thrilled to announce the AI for Healthcare Nanodegree program as well as the AI for Healthcare in the time of COVID-19 Virtual Conference. Within the past decade, AI has transformed industries by powering the creation of new products, processes, and experiences that have enabled organizations to deliver more value to their customers at scale. The technology’s impact is apparent in Amazon’s AI-powered supply that has redefined the retail experience, and BMW’s AI-based models that have optimized the automotive manufacturing process.  

The healthcare industry is no different. AI for healthcare is already showing early signs of adoption including the use of surgical robots, data analytics, and using deep learning to reduce diagnosis errors. What’s more, medical professionals and scientists across the globe are seeing the benefits of the practical application of AI in healthcare. For instance, AI-optimized techniques allowed scientists in China to recreate the novel coronavirus’ genome sequence in just one month. In contrast, it took researchers several months to do the same for the SARS virus in 2003. 

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