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The Linux Foundation and Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announce New Training Course for Prometheus

Course will teach students to use Prometheus for better insight into systems and services and define more precise and meaningful alerts

SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2018 — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the availability of a new training course, LFS241 – Monitoring Systems and Services with Prometheus.

Prometheus is an open source monitoring system and time series database that is especially well-suited for monitoring dynamic cloud environments. It contains a powerful query language and data model in addition to integrated alerting and service discovery support. LFS241 is designed for software engineers and systems administrators who want to gain a deeper understanding of using Prometheus as a means to gain better insights into their systems and services.

LFS241 exposes new Prometheus users to many of its major features, best practices and use cases. Students will be able to monitor their systems and services effectively with Prometheus upon completion on this course. This course is approximately 20 to 25 hours and covers the following topics:

  • Prometheus architecture
  • Setting up and using Prometheus
  • Monitoring core system components and services
  • Basic and advanced querying
  • Creating dashboards
  • Instrumenting services and writing third-party integrations
  • Alerting
  • Using Prometheus with Kubernetes
  • Advanced operational aspects

This course contains 55 labs that can be completed locally, on a VM or in the cloud. As LFS241 is a hands on course, participants should have basic experience with Linux/Unix system administration and common shell commands, as well as some development experience in Go and/or Python and working with Kubernetes.

“Adoption of the Prometheus monitoring system is growing rapidly, leading to demand for more talent qualified to work with this technology, which is why we decided now is the time to develop this course,” said Clyde Seepersad, General Manager, Training & Certification, The Linux Foundation. “With content developed by CNCF, which hosts Prometheus, and Julius Volz, one of the founders of the project, there is no better option than LFS241 for learning the ins and outs of this solution.”

Since its release in 2012, Prometheus has been adopted by a multitude of companies and is now a self-contained, independently-maintained open source project. In 2016, Prometheus joined Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and is the de facto standard for monitoring container-based infrastructure.

The course was authored by Julius Volz, who co-founded the Prometheus monitoring system and lead the project to success at SoundCloud and beyond. He now focuses on growing the Prometheus community, freelances around Prometheus, and started PromCon, the first conference around Prometheus. Before SoundCloud, Julius was a Site Reliability Engineer at Google.

LFS241 joins other training courses from The Linux Foundation and CNCF including LFS258 – Kubernetes Fundamentals and LFD259 – Kubernetes for Developers, and the Certified Kubernetes Administration and Certified Kubernetes Developer certification exams.

This new course is available to start immediately. The $199 course fee provides unlimited access to the course for one year including all content and labs. Interested individuals may enroll here.

About The Linux Foundation

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