The function of DevOps is to improve the collaboration between the traditionally soiled development and operations functions. DevOps is all about trust, communication and the merging of two different disciplines inside IT. On one side, we have developers and on the other side we have operations. DevOps is an extension of Agile software development principles – allowing us to build, deploy and change our software with accelerated delivery cycle times.
Traditional Development and Operations teams worked in such a way that Development teams created a solution for production and when it was finished they handed over to the Operations team. The Operations team then started with preparation to implement the project in the production environment and manually changed the configuration files and other data in order to comply for deployment. This caused a lot of duplication and other similar issues which were very hard to resolve due to different files and environments.
DevOps is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology (IT) professionals thereby:
DevOps integration targets product delivery, quality testing, feature development and maintenance releases in order to improve reliability and security as well as faster development and deployment cycles. The adoption of DevOps is being motivated by the following factors:
One of the commonly cited DevOps principles is “Infrastructure as a code” (IaC). Another major principle is to get the fast feedback throughout every phase of the software lifecycle. Feedback helps to achieve the higher quality of code and to reduce as many bugs as possible in the production. Moreover, the DevOps practices helps to gather data to identify, diagnose, and resolve issues quickly.
There is a gap between the Developers and the Operations team. With the implementation of DevOps, we can see:
DevOps is helping businesses in a tremendous way. Its bridging the gap between a Developers ‘need for change’ and Operations ‘resist to change’ and thus create a smooth path for continuous development and continuous integration. You might also be interested in taking the DevOps Self-Assessment, you can visit Microsoft’s website and gauge your readiness in the 7 key DevOps practice areas.