What is DevOps?

Author: Charter Global
Published: July 12, 2017
Categories: DevOps

DevOps is a set of practices that automates the processes between software development and IT teams, in order that they can build, test, and release software faster and more reliably. This process acceleration enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market. It has been proven to increase the speed, efficiency, and quality of software delivery. The goal of DevOps is to change and improve the relationship by advocating better communication and collaboration between these two business units.

Benefits of DevOps

Companies that incorporate DevOps practices get more done — plain and simple. With a team composed of cross-functional members all working in collaboration, DevOps organizations can deliver with maximum speed, functionality, and innovation.

DevOps enables continuous software delivery with less complex problems to fix and faster resolution of problems. It has certainly helped organizations such as Etsy, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Google by improving their performance levels significantly.

  • Leverage cloud architecture to control costs
  • Reduced complexity and increased scalability
  • Development and operations teams share access and insight in the development cycle
  • Store and correlate data from different applications and devices
  • Provides a consistent environment from development to production
  • Cloud-based management tools simplify access and analysis updated in real-time
  • Identify and diagnose issues quickly.

DevOps Tools

There are many tools, but we have listed here the top 15 tools.

Jenkins is a DevOps tool for monitoring execution of repeated jobs. This extensible automation engine enables DevOps teams to integrate project changes more easily and access outputs for quickly identifying problems.

Chef is a DevOps tool for achieving speed, scale, and consistency. Chef turns infrastructure into code so that users easily and quickly can adapt to changing business needs.

Puppet strives to build an environment where the software powering everything around us is always available, up-to-date, and accessible from anywhere.

SaltStack is software for data-driven orchestration and configuration management at scale. This DevOps tool is the solution for intelligent orchestration for the software-defined data center.

Docker is a tool that allows users to quickly assemble apps from components and work collaboratively. This open platform for distributed applications is appropriate for managing containers of an app as a single group and clustering an app’s containers to optimize resources and provide high availability.

Ansible is a DevOps tool for automating your entire application life cycle. Ansible is designed for collaboration and makes it much easier for DevOps teams to scale automation, manage complex deployments, and speed productivity.

Juju is a python based orchestration tool developed by canonical. It has a great UI for orchestrating your applications in your cloud environments. You can also use their command line interface to do all the orchestration tasks. You can configure, deploy and scale applications using Juju.

Vagrant is a great tool for configuring virtual machines for a development environment. Vagrant runs on top of VM solutions like VirtualBox, VMware, and Hyper-V etc. It uses a configuration file called Vagrantfile, which contains all the configurations needed for the VM.

Sensu is an open source monitoring framework written in Ruby. Sensu is a monitoring tool specifically built for cloud environments. It can be easily deployed using tools like chef and puppet. It also has an enterprise edition for monitoring.

PagerDuty is an incident management solution supporting continuous delivery strategy and enabling DevOps teams to deliver high-performing apps and superior customer experiences.

A DevOps tool providing cloud log management, Loggly assists in logging data intelligence for modern infrastructure. Simplify log management and solve operational issues more quickly with little time or effort, thanks to Loggly.

OverOps is the DevOps tool that tells teams why bugs happen and why servers crash. Quickly and easily identify when and why code breaks in production with OverOps.

A fully-featured integrated development environment (IDE) for Android, iOS, web, and cloud, Visual Studio IDE is a DevOps tool from Microsoft. DevOps teams use Visual Studio IDE to write code accurately and efficiently while retaining the current file context.

MySQL is a DevOps tool that saves teams time and money by making it faster and easier to deliver high performance, scalable database applications. MySQL offers several editions to meet users’ various business and technical requirements.

Apache Maven is a project management and comprehension tool for DevOps teams. With Maven, users get a reliable tool for managing a project’s build, reporting, and documentation.

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