DevOps in a Nutshell

In today’s world, one uniform theme across all businesses is speed. Faster time to market and shorter project timelines has necessitated the rise of IT systems that are agile, quick and super responsive. Such a business milieu has led to the rise of one of today’s hottest buzzwords – DevOps.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is primarily a type of agile relationship between the development team and IToperations. By ensuring improved communication, collaboration and teamwork between these two business units, businesses hope to develop and release products faster.

The operations team and development engineers work closely together throughout the development lifecycle, right from the design phase of the project through development right up to support.

 What are the benefits?

This close knit coordination between development and operations leads to significant benefits on both the technical and business sides. These include reduced project complexity, continuous software delivery, increased innovation and speed. By increasing the frequency of deployments, businesses can keep a tighter check on quality and also hedge risks better. All this helps businesses meet end-user and client expectations better.

What are some of the popular DevOps tools?

Remember, DevOps is a culture and not a tool by itself. Some of the popular ones are GIT, Jenkins, Selenium, Docker, Puppet, Chef, Nagios, Splunk and more. There are some free, open source tools among these. All these tools help with distributed development and enable faster release cycles.

 DevOps, in essence, takes into account effective philosophies, practices, tools and business cultures to deliver applications and services, faster and better. It’s cornerstone is communication, collaboration and teamwork among the product management, operations and development teams.