As someone who just went through the transition of "old dev" to DevOps, these are wise words. Thanks for sharing
I was sitting at AWS with the #5 & #6 VCDXs going thru some retraining.
You could taste their fear.
I'm 45, these guys are older with mortgages/wives/kids/etc.
You knew it was do or die for them.
I have a current AWS DevOps Pro + Security Specialty working on cloud native builds to current ideology so I'm ok.
I got sick of VMware around 2013-2024 when they borked admin with that Linux appliance that would lock you out depending on browser issue of the moment. I had a fair amount of Xen backround, but they'd become complacent selling their core tech to Azure and AWS.
I decided to cut bait and move on.
That's a huge thing now, whether Dev or Ops, to protect yourself.
It's up to us to decide where to go, because that old way of being told we are end of lifecycle/support and we all move on to the next thing is over. We go away with the deprecated stack.
I know guys my age or older that are solid, but they won't get off SVN, or BSD, Postgres orcompliant sqldb, some other narrow thing.
Either way if I was the OP I'd be pissed that the AF is $85 MSRP.
If you needed a next build you didn't have to go all in blind, an AF + $60 B450 centric setup is easy to get off of if your use case proved to be something else entirely.