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DevOps is a work culture which develops synergy between Development and Operations teams in an organization and has been a roaring success. It has helped to reduce the time taken to release new Apps and at the same time to reduce glitches overall but especially at launch. In this blog let us look at the benefits of using DevOps with Cloud.

As business competition became more intense, the product development models of yesteryear were left by the wayside. To cut costs, most organizations moved away from the old style of using production centers with their own hardware, to operating using the cloud. In the cloud, DevOps had found its perfect partner.

What are the benefits of using DevOps with the Cloud ?

• Ease of Automation

Automation plays a crucial part in infrastructure management. By using the cloud provided functions, it is possible to enhance the pace of automation which increases the reliability of the process, makes it error free, efficient and robust. This will lead to a major reduction in time from development to launch.

Modernizing, by using the cloud infrastructure, will lead to swift digital transformation. There are various automation tools available, as a part of the services provided by the cloud, to help achieve this goal. The automation process offers many advantages such as:

  • Infrastructure provisioning
  • Making builds
  • Test Runs
  • Report Generation
  • Mailing of alerts of concerned persons

Cloud services also permits solving multiple use cases, but combining it with DevOps, makes it that much easier and efficient.

• Cloud Server Replication

All Cloud Service Providers will have a back-up system in place. Even so, there is a need for manually launching the servers to restore the back-up in another eco-system. By using DevOps this can be automated and will kick in instantaneously when required.

Let us imagine a scenario, where a website expects increase in traffic on and off. If the application has not been thoroughly tested for such spikes, it could crash, much to the frustration of the customer. Using the cloud, load testing is possible which can test the stability of the application. Since the number of mobile users is increasing exponentially, mobile automated testing can also be installed.

Some of the other tasks that can be done using the cloud are: define the pattern of the infrastructure, define intra-communication patterns etc. Such tasks are inherently complicated and will not be possible without DevOps.

• Orchestration

Though this word is frequently interchanged with automation, it does have a slight difference. Orchestration is a specialized form of Automation. Orchestration has total control over automation that covers all aspects of hierarchy in infrastructure. There are many tools available in the market such as Chef, Ansible, Puppet etc. and they perform such tasks very well. Though they are independent of Cloud Service Providers, their defined standards are compatible to integrate with all the leading Cloud Service Providers.

• Effective Monitoring of the entire Eco-system

Cloud services have a centralized place for all tools. They are categorized as Monitoring, Back-up, automation, acknowledgement and infrastructural services. Almost all tools are available under different packages.

Cloud monitoring is generally limited to an e mail alert if anything goes wrong with any of the assets. DevOps can customize such alerts and alarms for various aspects of functioning of the system. This enables better resource utilization. To take an example, when the load spikes an additional server will kick in. An alert has to be configured only to inform IT Managers of this event. To configure such alarms needs knowledge of various OS’s in which the App is running and the DevOps environment plays an important role in this.

• Rapid Scaling and Deployment

By using the cloud, rapid scaling up of bandwidth needs and deploying it is instantaneous. However, to customizing it requires DevOps for efficient functioning of such scaling up. DevOps mainly focuses on solving infrastructure problems. It uses tools provided by the cloud, to install custom built logic and writing capabilities. DevOps helps automate the entire process. Some of the things that can be built using the continuous build tools are:

  • Trigger the build when the new code is introduced in the version control system
  • Taking out the latest code from the version control system
  • Conducting automated tests for code sanity
  • Trigger deployment on staging environment
  • Auto testing in staging environment
  • Releasing well tested code to production

DevOps is an exciting field in the IT space and offers a challenging and rewarding career to those with proper DevOps training and certification.

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