DevOps and Cloud: The Holy Communion

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Cloud Computing

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“Anything new grabs those eyeballs, but not everything satisfies those choosy eyeballs.”

Let us understand one such union.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing has emerged to be one of the most widely used technologies. This is an online platform which helps to store substantial amount of information on a centralized database, enabling ease of access and sharing of this data between systems, across locations in different continents. It is like a shared hard drive, but simultaneously present everywhere at the same time. This system provides the much-needed provision of infrastructure to the company.

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DevOps and Cloud Computing

DevOps is focused on getting better and more frequent output from the firm, whereas Cloud Computing is a data sharing platform for companies. These two help each other out in many ways to make the overall functioning of the firm much easier than it was before.

Why Cloud?

DevOps connects and integrates two formerly separate subsections under one umbrella and requires a reliable data storage and sharing platform for setting up constant feedback loops. This is an important function in which cloud computing comes into picture.

Cloud provides infrastructure upon which DevOps can function. As a component which connects different subsections, Cloud provides DevOps with a shared platform to work on. DevOps can be of a single consolidated entity, or as a Developer-friendly Operations team. Either way, Cloud compliments both.

DevOps as a single team

Here, the developers and operations work together as a joint unit, with Cloud providing a common ground. Here, since both teams are equally familiar with Cloud, they can adapt to the new culture and learn new approaches and definitions at the same time. This helps them to become equally comfortable with both DevOps and Cloud. This shared platform goes a long way in bringing these two departments together.

Developer-friendly Operations team

Here, the development team takes the lead. Cloud Computing is mainly used here to enhance developer efficiency and productivity. Cloud, as an application specific infrastructure component gives the developers the ability to own and control a large number of components. This results in a lower wait time for the products.

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How to Cloud DevOps?

The benefits that Cloud brings to the table as far as DevOps is concerned is evident. However, these benefits can only be tapped into if Cloud Computing is used properly. There are certain guidelines that needs to be followed if you are to get maximum benefit out of Cloud. Some of them are as follows.

Cloud App Development

Modern DevOps tools can be used to build Cloud Apps, and this where the major scope lies. Professionals in the field must understand this and adapt accordingly.

Timespan for Development

Another major aspect is the time taken to develop and integrate both technologies into an enterprise. Usually, companies pick a cloud platform quickly, but is slow in developing the DevOps culture. However, both should ideally be integrated at the same time into an enterprise, as they complement each other during agile software development, Expansion of DevOps into private and public clouds, and multiple other steps.

Steps to take during the Union

There are a few steps that you should take to ensure that your Cloud and DevOps systems can reap maximum benefit from each other.

Define everything beforehand – Before you start applying the technology, it is vital to ensure that you have a good idea of what you want to achieve and what are the steps you must take to get there. This is where the proper definition of all the processes and products are critical.

At every step, you should analyse what is happening and what should happen next to execute your roadmap without hitches. So, define your development requirements.

Financial backing is also essential – To sell your idea and get sponsors, you must know the value of what you’re trying to sell. Therefore, you must have a precise definition of the business case of the product.

DevOps is a continuous process which takes time and effort – It is also subject to change as time progresses and new technology is released. Therefore, you must figure out your initial DevOps strategy.

DevOps is focused on the final product – Therefore, the target platform affects the steps taken to develop a product. So, the target audience or cloud platform must be defined before anything can begin.

Cloud: Helping DevOps rise

There are a lot of benefits of integrating cloud computing into DevOps. These two works together beautifully to transform DevOps and provide the following benefits to the industry.

Speed

Cloud reduces the time needed to develop software and hence helps to increase the speed with which a product reaches the market. This is done via the shared platform that it offers, which support the developers to gain access to the development environment a lot faster and also share the field with the other team members.

CloudOps

This is the new and improved DevOps which is born from the union of Cloud Computing and DevOps. The primary benefit of this system is the insight that it offers.

DevOps can be risky at times, sometimes even a stab in the dark. This is because developers sometimes have no way of knowing how their code will affect the operation since it is not their area of expertise.

Scalability

This is one of the primary benefits of Cloud Computing. Coupling DevOps with Cloud Computing dramatically increases the scalability of the process, significantly reducing the need for additional infrastructure.

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Security and Accuracy

Cloud in DevOps helps us to run automated, repeatable programs. This increases accuracy by eliminating human mistakes like Fat Finger error, and secures the whole system by creating security controls from the start itself.

Simplicity

Here, infrastructure and automation are done by coding, which is compatible with Cloud. This simplifies the Automation and Infrastructure section and reduces the need for system maintenance.

CloudOps

This is the new and improved DevOps which is born from the union of Cloud Computing and DevOps. The primary benefit of this system is the insight that it offers.

DevOps can be risky at times, sometimes even a stab in the dark. This is because developers sometimes have no way of knowing how their code will affect the operation since it is not their area of expertise.

This is changed by CloudOps which help the developers to see what exactly is going on. It provides developers the visibility like never before and makes their jobs easier.

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The Verdict

DevOps and Cloud are made for each other. And combining these two can give you a powerful tool to aid your company in the field of Software Development.

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