This page is to help you get started using or contributing to the Operate First (Operate First) project.
Users are typically interested in doing work with the tools available in the Operate First community cloud. This page will guide you in understanding what those tools are and how to access them, along with some documentation and pointers to more comprehensive materials.
Contributors may also be doing work with the tools in the community cloud, but they are also interested in participating as a contributor. Contributions come in many forms, and from contributors of all experiences levels.
Contributions may take such forms as: content (like this webpage), user help, cloud operations with GitOps, cloud configuration suggestions, blogging, giving talks, presenting at meetups and video series, writing code, figuring out where code needs to be written and enabling others to write the code, and so many more.
Regardless of why you are here, you may ultimately be seen as a contributor. Users who bring workloads to the community cloud can be helping the underlying project purpose of gaining AI/ML insights from the observability of that workload running in an all-open source cloud.
To understand more, read about our purpose in creating and maintaining the Operate First project.
Getting started examples
Where you go is shaped by your background and your interests. You can explore how you may use or contribute to Operate First in many ways, such as:
I'm an app developer...
I develop software applications I deploy in production cloud environments. I want my production deployment to have Open Operations so DevOps professionals and site reliability engineers (SREs) can study how it operates and suggest how I can evolve the code to improve operational qualities.
I have provided DevOps or SRE services in a production cloud environment. I want to work in an Open Operations setting where I can gather information about an application's operational performance and suggest code changes to application developers to help them improve how their apps operate.