Significance of DevOps in faster release cycles

Significance of DevOps in faster release cycles

DevOps has been a subject of great interest and attracted several businesses to adopt it. The ease at which build and release management can be fostered by following the processes, culture and the impact of faster time to market on business revenues has been at the crux of it, overriding the traditional software development methods.

The collaboration of development and operations to complement faster release cycles in software development is where, DevOps is significant. The throughput and stability measures increase the IT performance by enabling/ addressing the gaps between the developers and IT operations. It is based on the lean and agile approach to the entire software delivery lifecycle by removing the barrier between the development and operations teams.

The entire delivery pipeline has achieved certain goals by using DevOps.

  • Maximization of Predictability
  • Enhanced operational Efficiency
  • Security
  • Improved deployment frequency - CD
  • Lead time between fixes are shortened – Automated testing
  • Failure rate for the new releases have been brought down
  • Quicker release
  • Recovery fastened (mean time for the existing and new –monitoring system and application health)

Though the potentiality of DevOps has been realized to achieve the goals DevOps automation tools appeared as a solution! This helps us in effective software process.

Cloud4C helps businesses to build their Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines and Continuous Deployments. Traditionally, it would have called for using several tools to achieve the same objective. However, we now have Hyperscaler platforms such as AWS, which bring in web services to simplify the need of licensing such software tools, remove the need of software tool maintenance etc. Developers today are very comfortable to use the SDKs and Development Kits that are available to support a wide variety of languages and frameworks they are already conversant with. Thanks to the AWS managed services such as AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodePipeline, AWS CodeCommit and AWS CodeBuild which integrate with several other services of AWS, to offer a flexible and efficient mechanism for DevOps adoption.

As an example to understand, AWS CodeDeploy helps developers automate code deployments application(s) hosted either on virtual servers (EC2) or Containers that run on ECS Fargate or Serverless applications which are built using AWS Lambda. Also, it makes simpler to release the new features, help reduce downtime during application deployment by handling the complexities involved in updating application(s) and provide centralized control to launch stacks. CodeDeploy can leverage the existing software release process(es) followed by a business, and/or continuous delivery tools they might be using.

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