Let’s Discuss All Things DevOps
DevOps (a portmanteau of development and operations) is the combination of practices and systems designed to increase an organization’s ability to deliver. But, calling DevOps simply a form of evolved automation is not enough. DevOps is a technology-based philosophy that requires a change first in the operational mindset. You can’t achieve 10x efficiency just by putting the best of both Developing and Operations in the same room. DevOps is more than the sum of its parts because it tries to find not just a solution but the best possible solution, every single time.
In the Age of the Internet, synergy is the name of the game. When systems like DevOps harness the power of the cloud, businesses get the best of both worlds. This combination efficiently lowers costs for development, testing, deployment, operations and monitoring. However, a cloud-agnostic strategy could increase the workload on DevOps teams. To avoid this, businesses should focus on an automated-first approach. But, this isn’t the only benefit of combining DevOps with the cloud. The centralized nature of cloud computing provides DevOps with a single platform for testing, deployment and production. Another benefit is that the DevOps infrastructure and configuration can easily be codified with the cloud allowing organizations to track, validated, and reconfigure operations 24×7. As operations scale up the world over, business teams are realizing the vast potential of the co-dependence of both DevOps and cloud computing.
DevOps is a continuously evolving process. Thus, it can foresee and minimize the effects of disruptive changes in the market. Because of its non-hierarchical, holistic and collaborative structure, DevOps improves go-to-market and operations for businesses more easily compared to traditional systems. DevOps systems also work round the clock, allowing businesses to effectively monitor everything at every single point in time. Such comprehensive data can not only allows personnel to oversee the entire development process but also implement last minute changes during unforeseen events.
DevOps focus can help organizations to effectively plan a product’s entire life cycle which helps improve continuous delivery, which can only happen with continuous integrations of DevOps across processes. The practice of CI/CD in DevOps helps add to agile development.
While these are the pros of DevOps, one question that always looms up is its security. The short answer to this, when implemented correctly, DevOps increase system security in the same way that continuous delivery increases stability.
To take a look at how we’ve helped businesses harness the potential of DevOps in their operations, take a look at our case studies here.