Recently, the thoughtsoncloud.com published a very interesting article: Three ways to stay up to date while working in IT, featuring Oscar Vega Rodriguez, Cloud Linux System Administrator for IBM Smart Cloud Application Services. The article explains the three influential ways to keep abreast with the latest developments in cloud computing while working in IT. Let’s take a look at those three recommendations explained by Oscar to follow in order to stay informed:
We can browse many websites, blogs and even mobile applications that are available that can help us understand new technologies emerging in the cloud world. Oscar use a browser add-on named Feedly and a mobile app available for both iPhone and Android named Zite. They are like intelligent magazines that let us find the most frequently read articles on a specific topic. We can favorite topics like cloud computing, IBM Cloud, OpenStack, KVM, IBM Bluemix and more.
2. Get your hands dirty:
This has to do with some practical jobs like - if we want to get familiar with OpenStack, it would be a good idea to start reading on how to set up an environment. We would find out what architecture requirements are needed (hardware specs, most recommended virtualization client) and get to know all the services the solution offers, like dashboard (Horizon), compute (Nova) and image (Glance) in the last OpenStack release, IceHouse. Once we have gathered all the information, we can try to set up our own cloud. And if we need a server, we have options like IBM SoftLayer, and there is even the chance to get one server at no charge for a month in IBM Marketplace. Mentioned by Oscars, another option is the one mentioned by Michael Fork in “OpenStack in a day for under $20.” Finally, is the option of doing it with our own computer. It has to be a powerful one—in Oscar’s case he runs Linux so KVM is a very nice option. In his example, Oscar mentions OpenStack, but this could be done with any client in the industry.
3. Social media:
If we’re actively involved in the world of social media, let’s look at the example of Twitter. We can follow companies and people for information and updates as there are many accounts available on Twitter. A few recommendations by Oscar are: @IBMcloud, @RedHatNews and @SoftLayer. We can also check out hashtags like #cloudcomputing.
Cloud computing is growing very fast and Oscar provides us the above tips for gaining more knowledge that have worked for him. He also suggests that there are several certifications available; we can read more about them in the blog post called “Achieving IBM Cloud Computing Certification.”
As an end notes, Oscar says it is important to get prepared for the future of the IT industry hence, it is critical to get all hands on deck and get ready for it. And if you think of more ways that knowledge can be gathered, share your thoughts with Oscar on Twitter @ovegarod. For more updates, follow @IBMcloud or @IBMSDE.