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Microservices, Serverless, OpenShift

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The demand for serverless is accelerating as organizations look to scale more quickly and efficiently. With the increase in cloud adoption, Microservices within the serverless stack are becoming more popular with faster deployments and greater flexibility.

This intermediate-level course begins with a refresher on Microservices and the advantages of using a Microservices architecture. You will then gain an understanding of how serverless benefits developers, when to use serverless programming and serverless deployment models, and be introduced to serverless technologies. You will discover how serverless supports continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD), and microservices integration.

Hands-on labs throughout this course give you the experience to create and deploy Microservices using OpenShift and Istio. For your final project you will put into practice your serverless and microservices skills and create a real-world serverless web application using OpenShift and Cloud Object Storage.


Module 1: Introduction to Microservices

  • Twelve-Factor App

  • What are Microservices

  • Advantages of Microservices

  • Microservices and IBM Cloud

  • Lab: Modernize App Using Microservices

Module 2: Introduction to Serverless

  • What is Serverless?

  • Serverless Pros and Cons

  • What is Function as a Service?

  • The Serverless Stack

  • Comparing the FaaS Model

  • Use Cases and Reference Architecture

  • Serverless and IBM Cloud

  • Lab: Hello World with Serverless

Module 3: ORM: Microservices w/ Serverless

  • Create and Invoke Actions – Part 1

  • Create and Invoke Actions – Part 2

  • Manage Action with Packages

  • Connect Actions to Event Sources

  • Expose Actions as APIs

  • IBM Cloud Code Engine

  • Lab: Serverless Web Application and API

Module 4: OpenShift Essentials/Working with OpenShift and Istio

  • OpenShift Recap

  • Service Mesh and Istio

  • Istio and Microservices

  • How to Create and Deploy Microservices w/ OpenShift and Istio

  • Red Hat Marketplace

  • Lab: Deploying Microservices w/ OpenShift and Istio

Module 5: Final Project

Taught by

Alex Parker

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