The Relationship Between Cloud And DevOps
March 29, 2018

In the corporate world, development and operations have been considered as two separate terms for years. Apart from sharing similar business goals both teams usually remain at odds with each other. A need for their collaboration to work in an integrated manner resulted in the development of the DevOps methodology.

A notion that DevOps is only about the implementation of agile principles lasts no more. It’s about Culture, Automation, Measurement, and Sharing, said John Willis and Damon Edwards. Now, it is used to collaborate both teams-operational and development teams. How does it work? The barriers responsible for parting them like geographical location, business goals, and business functionality are what DevOps eliminates. Therefore, both teams tend to work together.

If an organization seeks seamless integration, continuous deployment, and faster delivery, DevOps is a way to achieve this, claimed by DevOps.com.  Many DevOps tools are likely to invent in the future which would certainly improve the existing way of software development.

It dilutes the line between conventional developer and operational roles that result in minimizing silos. Most organizations have experienced continuous growth, desired results, and better environment throughout teams by learning about DevOps and role of cloud in increasing its efficiency in DevOps training.

Why more enterprises are jumping on DevOps because it has made easier to deal with ever-changing business requirements with the help of DevOps agile methodology. The aim is to enhance collaboration for better customer retention and faster product delivery.

How is DevOps related to the cloud?

Cloud has become a standardized platform for DevOps automation as it has advanced the level of deployment, testing, and production. Earlier the distributed nature of some enterprise systems clashed with centralized software deployment. A cloud platform solves this problem by eliminating complexities.

DevOps automation has centralized the cloud. Today, public or private cloud service providers, support DevOps on their platform leading to continuous integration and continuous development of tools. The integration of DevOps into cloud minimizes the cost related to on-premises DevOps automation technology and delivers centralized governance for an effective DevOps process. Most developers claim that governance solves their many problems, and it is faster to control this centrally with the help of the cloud.

Moving to CloudOps

DevOps aims for continuous innovation and faster delivery of software through operational development and cloud operations also seek continuous improvement in operations only in cloud environments. CloudOps is different from traditional on-site set up as it includes cloud operational techniques and practices that businesses use today in the form of a SaaS, IaaS, or PaaS application. The development and operations that use ‘as-a-service’ models have different dynamics. Using these services helps these organizations attain flexibility in deploying an application over their infrastructure, but often they face difficulty in maintaining them throughout teams.

This makes vital for DevOps to understand the underlying distributed cloud infrastructure and manage applications which share similar services. DevOps also needs to consider the metered cost of all the cloud services they are using which has helped it to grow.  This would shift operational burden to the service provider.

Making DevOps in the cloud work

Consider Amazon's web-based configuration dashboards; every action Amazon Web Services performs can be accessed with a click. From spinning up a new Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) image to moving a serverless Lambda call, a web-based administrative console can perform all these actions.

This means any action that can be accelerated through an administrative web-based console can also be accelerated by a batch file, a piece of source code, a JShell script or even a Perl program.

Roy Feintuch, CTO and co-founder of Dome9 Security, said,"We are now in the new world of infrastructure as code where software drives production environments. Everything is based on software and template.”

Now, a DevOps team can access all resources available in the cloud computing space programmatically. Infrastructure is not bound to a data centre, but it has become a resource accessible through an API, as though it were similar to a database, a folder on the file system, or network socket.
"Software has become the base of configuration," he added. Rather than going for a network or a physical box, switch to API calls that your service provider offers.”

Conclusion

Cloud with DevOps has changed the way of user interaction with faster software delivery. Together they minimize the need for resources. The use of usage-based accounting by the cloud helps monitor the use of resources by application, user, data, developer, etc.

Traditional systems were devoid of these features, but cloud-based resources give an overview of development resources so that you can make adjustments according to requirements.

Author bio: Danish Wadhwa is a strategic thinker and an IT Pro. With more than six years of experience in the digital marketing industry, he is more than a results-driven individual. Check him out on Twitter  @DanishWadhwa

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