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A-Z of DevOps

Mohammed NaserMohammed Naser

DevOps is a combination of development and operational resources which aims to avoid deficiencies while working on software applications. How well do you know it? Dive in to refresh your memory.

DevOps, a combination of development and operational resources, aims to avoid deficiencies while working on software applications. It is now common practice for businesses that operate in the cloud to have a DevOps strategy in place. All components of DevOps play a significant role in simplifying and shortening the intensive lifecycle of software development.

But how well do you know DevOps? Let's take a look at this comprehensive guide to refresh and highlight this organizational structure.

Why is DevOps important?

If we could sum it up in one sentence, it would be: DevOps improves the complete software lifecycle, from commit push to deployment.

DevOps is all about seamless communication between the developers and IT professionals, while both teams work on automation of software development and infrastructure modification. The process ensures the building, testing, and deploying of software not only quickly but also reliably!

Who is DevOps for?

Do you have an in house IT team? Then DevOps is for you. Smoothening the communication and collaboration between all members of the IT team, DevOps reduces turnaround time for businesses. If you are looking to have new products rolled out regularly and safely for your customers, then DevOps is what you need.

How to implement DevOps?

DevOps is not only a procedural adjustment but also a cultural one for any work environment. Therefore, it is not something that can be implemented overnight. DevOps is conditional on the existing IT infrastructure in place.

Consequently, if you already have modern infrastructure like cloud deployments in place, then you are further ahead in the path of implementing DevOps. If that is not the case and you are transitioning from a traditional IT approach or modern ones, then you might have a long journey ahead. But it is definitely going to be worth it in the long run!

How is CI/CD linked with DevOps?

With the rise of DevOps, there are new ways of continuous integration and continuous development. CI/CD is an integral part of a DevOps cycle as it focuses on software-defined life cycles highlighting tools that emphasize automation. Thus, having an efficient CI/CD tool in place can prove to be very advantageous.

Once such CI/CD tool is Zuul, first developed as a project under the OpenStack Foundation. Zuul is now an independent tool specializing in project gating, keeping broken code from merging into the main branch. The tool offers various testing configurations – Cross-Project Testing, Cross-Project Dependencies, Testing in Parallel. Therefore, you have immense flexibility with this tool, along with significant scaling possibilities.

Here at VEXXHOST, we offer a Fully-Managed Zuul solution to help you operate an efficient and effective DevOps cycle. It is with pride that we tell you that VEXXHOST also uses Zuul internally for continuous integration. Thus, assuring that you are receiving an excellent solution that has been tried and tested by your solution provider. Let us take care of everything from the management to the tool's support while you reap the benefits of Zuul. Learn more about how DevOps impacts an OpenStack Private Cloud.

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