DevOps and Cloud Computing: Beyond the Hype

By Harold Bell
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Cloud and DevOps have played a big role in helping IT address some of the biggest transformative shifts of our times. The rise of the service economy, unprecedented pace of disruption, and infusion of digital into everyday life are just some examples. These are the shifts that are driving business in the 21st century.

The market is dynamic and organizations have legacy applications that coexist with microservices and on-premises cloud infrastructure. Essentially we live in a hybrid world – which includes infrastructure, tools, processes, and applications. DevOps, in that respect, can support multiple aspects of an organization’s hybrid existence. DevOps supply a wide variety of tools, from biometric authentication tools to code development tools. The astounding rise of containers, microservice architectures, and the proliferation of machine intelligence is helping organizations solve their everyday problems.

DevOps establishes an environment where developing, testing and releasing software can happen frequently, rapidly and more reliably. As mentioned, it emphasizes collaboration between software developers and other IT professionals. So far, it has proven to be an amazing method with the potential to push technology even further.

An essential element of DevOps is that development and operations are bound together, which means that configuration of the infrastructure is part of the code itself. This basically means that unlike the traditional development process, the machine becomes part of the application. This is almost impossible without cloud, because in order to get better reliability and performance, the infrastructure needs scale up and down as needed.

DevOps has gained its spotlight in the software development field and is growing. The practice has seen a tremendous increase in adoption in recent years, becoming an essential component of software-centric organizations. But when DevOps and cloud come together is when the real magic is created. Some of the most promising innovations and developments in the IT space are taking place around DevOps and hybrid cloud. Enterprises are moving beyond agile planning. They are migrating to cloud. Cloud offers automated provisioning and scaling to accommodate applications. The elastic nature of cloud enables better scalability. DevOps streamlines and accelerates application releases because the development is fast and reusable in nature.

DevOps is dictating a new approach to cloud development. With the increased adoption of cloud, many software companies are experiencing a transition from being product-oriented to service-oriented. Previously, companies develop products and hand it over to customers. Now, they also take care of the operations after the product has been delivered. To this end, the cloud has come out as a clear winner, as it makes service delivery along with product delivery a breeze.

Many companies are now more focused on offering astounding customer experiences as well. DevOps is more than just a set of tools or collaboration. It is an outlook that helps companies prioritize great products and great customer experiences over complex processes. It enables cautious product development as well as operations.

Together these factors have led to the exponential growth of DevOps on the cloud. From software development to quality assurance, this approach defines an effective process. It bolsters communication, collaboration, and integration between software developers and IT operations. Thus, DevOps being aligned to cloud ensures efficiency. Therefore, it is a plus.

Besides, the world is quickly moving towards IT service delivery agility and innovation at a supersonic rate. To cope with the fast moving world, companies need to increase their pace, shorten work cycles, and improve delivery efficiency. To achieve this, DevOps gives your organization a much needed boost. It recognizes the interdependence of software development and IT operations and helps companies produce software and IT services more rapidly, with frequent iterations.

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