What is DevOps? A Beginner’s Guide on DevOps

DevOps, the term, was formed by combining the word development and operations in 2009 by Patrick Debois. DevOps is an environment wherein developers and operations work together throughout the entire service lifecycle, from designing and development to product support.

Why DevOps?

Traditionally, the developers and operations have functioned in siloes to create and operate a service. In the process, the developer first derives a plan of action and determines the various modules and algorithms necessary to develop the desired service. After the decision-making concludes, coding for the project begins. The completed code gets tested for bugs and errors. Once the developer creates a bug-free code, operations take over and deploy the same. In the final stages, the operations team configures the program multiple times until it reaches the desired state. Afterward, both teams focus on providing updates and improvements to the service. Since both teams work as separate units, complaints and suggestions take forever to exchange. The risk of miscommunication is high that makes the process rigid and time-consuming. It affects the agility of the organization, which can prove to be disastrous in the competitive environment we are witnessing today. DevOps helps solve these problems effectively and efficiently. When developers and operations collaborate to create a service, the results are exceptional. 

DevOps makes the development cycle faster. Automation tools like Ansible, Jenkins, maven, puppet help reduce the latency and friction in the development cycle. The exchange of complaints and suggestions happens almost instantly. Operations can effectively guide developers for what is needed and, developers can be part of the deployment process. This collaboration not only ensures a free flow of information but also reduces conflicts. The result is more polished software and faster updates. DevOps ultimately results in low cost of production and time consumption.

DevOps is not just a set of rules or standards but a culture in itself. Organizations are shifting to this culture for the rapid delivery of services and agility in operations. DevOps helps organizations develop services faster, push out updates without delay, and incur lower production costs. DevOps helps an organization achieve agility which, can prove to be the biggest and most important asset. The results achieved with DevOps implementation only suggest that it is here to stay.

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