DevOps is the new magic wand in technology as CIOs across the board look for ways to transition from legacy project-based, waterfall model to continuous delivery of software.
DevOps refers to a methodology as well as a cultural shift in the way organizations operate. Till now, in the traditional waterfall model a project will move from one phase to the next, and as developers, coders, product managers or sales teams – all would work in silos, frequent changes were not possible without disrupting the complete phases.
DevOps, on the other hand, brings together teams from strategy, product management, development, quality testing, and support on one platform to provide for the continuous cycle of product development, learning, and improvement.
This approach is critical for high-volume deadline projects where infrastructure downtime or failure costs can be more.
But even though DevOps can help companies deploy applications faster than the conventional approach, the journey is far from smooth, unless you take care of some critical factors.
DevOps implementation is all about developing or deploying applications at lightning speed. Automating repetitive tasks can help you achieve that as the team can focus on more important strategic areas and achieve objectives within the desired timeline.
You just can’t be satisfied with traditional automation; you need to take that, too, a level up. The orchestration is a handy tool which helps in streamlining and combining several automated tasks to create a workflow that speeds up the development process. Using available interfaces, the teams can develop their own workflows and don’t need to depend on deconstructing and then constructing everything from scratch.
The very name suggests smaller, independent applications, which can be utilized to develop complex applications. This whole process is clubbed under the Microservices based architecture.’ As the communication within these apps happens through APIs, project managers can easily allocate their workloads across different teams or businesses units. This approach not only brings flexibility to operations but also accelerate the project lifecycle. And the best part is you can use these APIs repeatedly.
We all know what containers are – a single package combining application, dependencies, libraries, binaries, and configuration files. Containerization is a popular approach to automate some IT processes. Containers can be developed in all configurations, and the development team can easily work on coding the application, making everyone’s job easier and faster. Also, scaling with containers is pretty fast so businesses can easily reduce human errors and take the accuracy parameters up several notches, resulting in a faster time-to-market.
Those were some essential factors. Once you’ve adopted the DevOps approach, you need to invest in DevOps tools as well for monitoring and logging. This differs from enterprise to enterprise. Monitoring all aspects will enable a smooth DevOps implementation for an organization and ensure a reliable infrastructure, product, and process.
Remember, DevOps is not a one-size-fits-all solution and every organization needs to have its own strategy. If you’re confused about adopting a particular strategy, you can always approach a reliable partner to understand the nitty-gritty.