What is DevOps and where is it taking us?
Posted February 14, 2022
Written by Terry May, Xpanxion Technical Writer
For decades, the functions of development and operations within businesses were siloed. Developers built the software. Operations tested and deployed it. There was little cross-over in functions or communication between these roles. This lack of synergy between application and infrastructure resulted in many challenges including time-to-market and ensuring high-quality software.
DevOps removes the barriers between these traditionally siloed teams, development (Dev) and operations (Ops). In a DevOps environment, development and operations teams work concurrently across the entire software application life cycle, from development and test through operations and deployment.
Today DevOps is the standard way to develop and deploy software. Though, to be clear, DevOps is not a technology. It’s a multi-disciplinary methodology and cultural philosophy in which development and operations exist side-by-side. Essentially, DevOps integrates people, processes, and technology to shorten development life cycles and provide continuous delivery of high-quality software.
What does DevOps look like?
Since DevOps is a cultural philosophy, it means something different to everyone. Therefore, it looks different to each organization. However, true DevOp environments share the same methodologies. These include:
- Continuous integration and continuous delivery or continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines and other automation tools to move code (and equipment) across each step of development and deployment
- Products that support DevOps environments such as real-time monitoring, incident management, configuration management, and collaboration platforms
- Cloud computing, containers, and microservices executed together with DevOps techniques.
They also share the same capabilities of rapid delivery, reliability, improved collaboration, and shared responsibilities and workflows between developers and operations teams. DevOps is complementary with agile software development since some aspects of DevOps came from the methodology.
Similar to agile, the main four benefits of DevOps are reliability, cost reduction, speed, and quality. DevOps methods let businesses move at the speed of innovation, adjust to market changes, and become more efficient at delivering business value.
DevOps is evolving and its future looks bright
DevOps has broken down the barriers between development and operations. Consequently, it continues to evolve. Just as DevOps created an automated life cycle between software development and IT operations, it has found opportunities to do the same elsewhere.
So, what can we expect from DevOps in the future? An era of Ops. Here are just a few:
DevSecOps (development, security, and operations) - automates the integration of security at each phase of the software development lifecycle
AppOps (application operations) - streamlines application analysis, deployment, and management
AIOps (artificial intelligence for IT operations) - blends big data and machine learning (ML) to automate IT operations processes
MLOps (machine learning operations) - the use of machine learning models by DevOps teams
DataOps (data operations) - automates process methods used by analytics and data teams
There’s also NoOps (no operations) which is possibly the ultimate Ops. NoOps is the idea that an IT environment can become increasingly automated and abstracted from the underlying infrastructure to the point where there is no further need for a dedicated, in-house team to manage the software.
Is your business ready to take on an era of Ops? At Xpanxion, we leverage DevOps methodologies to streamline and automate application and business processes. Read our case studies and learn how we’ve helped businesses of all sizes successfully and rapidly shift into the world of DevOps and advanced automation.
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