What is DevOps – A Beginner’s Guide

DevOps beginners guide

What is DevOps?

DevOps combines cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increase an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products faster than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to serve customers better and compete more effectively in the market.

AWS provides flexible services designed to enable companies to more rapidly and reliably build and deliver products using AWS and DevOps practices. These services simplify provisioning and managing infrastructure, deploying application code, automating software release processes, and monitoring your application and infrastructure performance.

Is DevOps Right for You?

The average organization adopting DevOps sees a 20 percent improvement in time-to-market, a 22 percent improvement in software quality, and a 17 percent improvement in the frequency of application deployments—all leading to 22 percent more customers and a 19 percent increase in revenue.

In the application economy, every business is a software business. This is why DevOps is quickly becoming one of the most valuable disciplines for your business. It’s focused on improving the quality and speed of delivering new apps. And it’s about tightly integrating development and operations to do so.

This is driving businesses everywhere to take a second look at what they may have initially thought was just a buzzword – here one day and gone the next. Now everyone is wondering, “Can we adopt a DevOps method ourselves? And will it work for us?”

DevOps Challenges and Problems

It doesn’t matter whether you are in Cloud, Enterprise, or Mobile. For each of you, stable software delivery on time is the key to your business success. Some of the severe issues blocking your software delivery are:

  • Building and maintaining servers – Time-consuming and unproductive
  • No environment management – Differences in development and production environments
  • Deployments are a blocker – Upgrade risk due to manual management of multiple application configurations and versions – Dependency on specific deployment engineer
  • Hacking – Fixing directly in production (instead of a proper hotfix process) and forgetting to check into the source control

The 7 Cs’ of DevOps

The simple Mantra of DevOps is – “People over Process over Tools.” With the right people, establish the proper process and choose the right tools to deliver the results:

7 C's of DevOps

We can have a seamless, agile delivery by embracing the following 7 C’s.

  1.     Communication
  2.     Collaboration
  3.     Controlled Process
  4.     Continuous Code Inspection & Integration
  5.     Continuous Deployment
  6.     Continuous Testing
  7.     Continuous Monitoring

DevOps and AWS Well-Architected Framework

As more and more Organizations integrate DevOps strategies into their workloads, there is no shortage of technologies that can help them transition and ensure successful adoption. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the leading Cloud provider globally and offers the most advanced options for creating cloud computing infrastructure and features available to businesses. Their Well-Architected Framework has been developed to help Solution Architects build secure, high-performing, efficient, and resilient infrastructure for their applications. The AWS Well-Architected Framework supports and enhances many of the same best practices that DevOps encourages. Read the DevOps and AWS Well-Architected Framework article to learn more about how AWS supports DevOps and its advantages.

DevOps Case Studies

DevOps enables enterprises to eliminate the traditional linear processes and replace them with processes characterized by synchronicity and symmetry. With so many business benefits of DevOps to achieve, it is no surprise that DevOps tools are emerging as powerful enablers of digital transformation plans for organizations. Click here to read DevOps Case Studies.

[Recommended Reading: Evolution Of DevOps: From A Niche Concept To Business Imperative]

Bonus – Introduction to DevOps on AWS e-Book

Download this free guide to learn more about how you can seamlessly transition from traditional development methodology to DevOps Solutions and Optimize Your DevOps Strategy on AWS.

Introduction to DevOps on AWS e-Book

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