At Kasten by Veeam, we’re thrilled to be celebrating the two-year anniversary of KubeCampus, the free online platform that offers labs and courses to developers interested in building their Kubernetes skills and knowledge.
Launched in October 2021 at KubeCon North America, KubeCampus has become a go-to resource for Kubernetes training and continues to fulfill its main purpose – to satisfy the hunger for Kubernetes knowledge among the ever-expanding open-source community.
With more than 5.6 million users worldwide, Kubernetes is the most popular open-source system for orchestrating and managing containerized applications today – and its popularity continues to grow. At Kasten, we predicted that keeping pace with change would require organizations to adopt containerized applications and Kubernetes, so we designed KubeCampus to help members of the developer community build the skills and understanding they need to streamline the deployment and operations of this often complex technology.
At KubeCampus, learners can acquire basic or advanced Kubernetes skills at their own pace – for free – in an easy-to-follow format. A key feature is our hands-on labs. Led by Kuberenetes experts, the labs enable developers to put their newly acquired skills to use in real-world scenarios, from installing a Kubernetes cluster to building an application, backing up applications with Kasten K10, and fine-tuning storage environments to ensure reliable disaster recovery. By the time learners complete the labs, they are ready to apply the practices they learned in their day-to-day work.
2 Years of Increasing Momentum
Over the past two years, KubeCampus.io has seen remarkable success. The site features a diverse group of globally based instructors who are experts in Kubernetes. Every month, thousands of Kubernetes users attend our online webinar series and download learning content and resources. Our hands-on labs, which are professionally beta tested and delivered, have earned an average user review score of 4.7 out of 5.
Here’s a quick summary of the site’s success:
- 25,619 registrants and 15,744 courses completed
- 3 new labs (Labs 10, 11 and 12) created and delivered in the third quarter of 2023 alone
- An average of 5 labs taken per user
- Recently added the Gorilla Guide to Kubernetes Blueprints, and the Gorilla Guide to Application Mobility is coming soon!
- Recently added a webinar featuring Scality, called “Power Your Kubernetes Applications with Object Storage”
More Excitement and Competition
Thanks to the efforts of community leader Cassandra Faris, KubeCampus has become a strong community, welcoming partners, instructors, and external writers all contributing to the available trove of resources, blogs and courses available on the site.
And, learning isn’t all that happens on KubeCampus – users compete for points and badges, too! Our
Here’s a quote from me:
“I’ve been a tech community leader for over a dozen years and know firsthand how valuable it is to learn through a tech community. In addition to knowledge and hands-on labs, you can find a support system of other learners who are willing to help you along your own learning journey, and grow your professional network. You don’t get that kind of support by simply reading a book or watching a tutorial.”
Learning Day and the Road Ahead
We aren’t done yet! Currently, we’re gearing up for Learning Day at KubeCon 2023, happening November 6 from 10am – 4pm ET at the Microsoft Midwest District Office in Chicago.
Titled “Defeat Kubernetes Ransomware with KubeCampus,” this Learning Day is designed for experienced Kubernetes practitioners. We’ll spend the morning completing a ransomware lab, and in the afternoon, participants will compete in a coding challenge where they’ll put the skills they learned to the test. During the lunch break, we’ll celebrate the second anniversary of KubeCampus with cupcakes and a slideshow of KubeCampus highlights. Register for Learning Day here!
Following Learning Day, you can visit Kasten at KubeCon, booth M3, and hear our resident experts speak at one of multiple theater sessions.
There are many ways to get involved with KubeCampus, aside from taking labs and downloading all our exciting new resources. You can:
- Become an instructor
- Contribute content
- Suggest lab ideas
- Partner with us on the Steering Committee
Contact Cassandra Faris for more information for getting involved with the KubeCampus community, or to provide your feedback and suggestions to help us continue to improve and enhance the site.