DevOps is a hot term in today’s IT world, but implementing and adopting DevOps comes with its own challenges.
DevOps is a merger of Development and Operations, and is exceptionally well-suited to Cloud Computing. It is defined as the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market.
Under a DevOps model, development and operations teams are no longer “siloed.” Sometimes, these two teams are merged into a single team where the engineers work across the entire application lifecycle, from development and test to deployment to operations, and develop a range of skills not limited to a single function. Quality assurance and security teams may also become more tightly integrated with development and operations and throughout the application lifecycle.
By leveraging appropriate AWS and DevOps technologies, such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt, CloudFormation, AWS OpsWorks, etc., all aspects of a deployment can be controlled programatically. Gone are the days when a request went to procurement, was acquired, the wait was on for rack / stack / cable / label, then came OS and storage provisioning, and finally work could be done. Instead, DevOps allows all aspects of an environment, from compute to storage to network to deprovisioning, to be handled programatically.
OC4 is intimately familiar with the various DevOps approaches available, and works closely with our customers to assist in the selection and implementation of DevOps tools and policies to streamline workflow, reduce costs, and increase speed to market.