DevOps is a software development methodology that leverages new sharing and collaboration logics and emphasizes communication between developers, testers and IT operations personnel. The goal is to accelerate the softwares release time that companies can no longer go without.
Inspired by the Agile methodology, it attempts to remove barriers between IT compartments by creating reduced, multi-functional and autonomous development teams using adaptive planning and transforming development into a direct and continuous process, in which the various company members and customers can be inserted.
This translates into new levels of sharing and integration between developers and operations operators in order to accelerate the design, testing and release time of enterprise application solutions both in traditional and Cloud environments. All by ensuring the quality and safety of the software developed.
DevOps allows you to put software into production in a quicker and more frequent way, maintaining the reliability and raising the process’ level of security and confidence.
Upgrade has embraced this cultural working methodology change by creating in-house hybrid professional figures, able to support the customer in an end to end process. Upgrade, in this process, distinguishes itself as a partner that is able to be a trait d’union between the new generation hardware infrastructures (ready for automation by design), the automation and orchestration processes and the new management paradigms such as containerization. In an IT sector that is becoming more API-centric, we help the customer in redesigning each datacenter’s component to be an integral part of a larger and more harmonious design.
Why do we need more integration and interfunctionality?
Generally, the logs and metrics of systems and applications are not always readily available to those who have the ownership of the project: monitoring is performed by a separate team, and this leads to inefficiencies and further bureaucracy.
The growth of applications and systems to support the business. Time to market is a tyrant and developers are asking for more speed in the production of software and apps. With the DevOps model, interfunctional development teams can program faster, releasing quality and secure solutions for traditional and cloud environments.
Automation & Container: A high speed combination
Other key features of a DevOps development system are continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery and/or continuous distribution (CD), as well as scalability and efficiency.
The logic of Immutables images (which are containers or other technologies) allows a further acceleration and confidence in the operations never available before. We all have examples of immutables images in our pockets: smartphones and their apps.
IAAC, Infrastructure As a Code
The software code is not the only item stored in the repository. More and more often, in fact, scripts that contain all the details of configurations are stored , as well as templates created with configuration management tools such as Puppet and Chef, which are two of the most popular languages.
Upgrade has been verticalized in the generation of automatic methods to configure and implement the infrastructure, which gave rise to the concept of infrastructure as a code (IaC).
This allows you to be able to quickly extend, contract, or even rebuild from scratch your mission critical applications, in a way that at the time of the physical servers was not even conceivable, and in more recent times of server virtualization, difficult to implement.
This new paradigm also involves the modern storage that is moving from a monolithic to a multinode system and is becoming more and more software defined.
Connecting with the Cloud
DevOps also have a key role in the cloud. Companies with a cloud infrastructure, constantly need to manage and reposition resources, and capabilities that cannot be handled manually with the necessary speed, but can be resolved by DevOps and IAAC.
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