Cloud and DevOps are related concepts. They are used together in the process of efficient and scalable software development and operations. Cloud Computing delivers servers, storage, databases, networking, and software over the Internet. You pay per use and have no need to invest in your own physical infrastructure. These resources are flexible, scalable, cost-effective, and globally available.
DevOps, in its turn, is a set of practices and cultural philosophies. Its goal is to improve collaboration and communication practices between software development teams such as development (Dev) and operations (Ops). DevOps automates the process of software delivery and also maintains the high quality, reliability, and scalability of the software released.
Cloud Computing and DevOps intersect in many ways. What might this intersection bring to your business? Sencury rationalizes.
Cloud-Specific DevOps and its Benefits
Working together, DevOps and Cloud Computing can offer potentially useful advantages to different businesses. Within the Cloud, DevOps makes an impact by promoting team collaboration and communication. What’s more, the team can be present in different parts of the world. Hence, the process will still be continuous and efficient.
Organizations can experience the following benefits:
better quality control
faster time to market
Every benefit is a result of developers’ ability to respond to business needs faster, almost in real time. DevOps makes it possible to remove software development’s latency, or at least a good part of it.
Aspects of Cloud-specific DevOps
Infrastructure as Code (IaC):
Management of infrastructure happens with the help of coding. Therefore, servers, networks, and databases are defined and managed via code. This enables version control, automated provisioning, and consistent deployments. That's why Cloud-specific DevOps heavily relies on infrastructure as a code.
Elasticity and Scalability
Whenever there is a business demand to scale resources, Cloud resources are the ones to do it dynamically. What can Cloud-specific DevOps offer here? Mainly, the design and implementation of scalable architectures to handle non-flexible workloads. To leverage elasticity, Cloud-specific DevOps uses autoscaling, load balancing, and container orchestration tools (Kubernetes).
Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)
Cloud-specific DevOps should offer CI/CD practices. Making code changes needs frequent integration into a shared repository. Then, such processes as automated build, test, and deployment are on to ensure the quality of the changed code and deliver efficiency on production. Cloud platforms have tools and services for CI/CD processes like AWS Code Pipeline and Azure DevOps.
Cloud Resource Management
Managing Cloud resources is a priority for DevOps teams. What do they do specifically? Provision and configure the components of the infrastructure, monitor the usage of resources, and optimize costs. Automation of resource management tasks is the key procedure in Cloud-specific DevOps practices. It is done via scripts, templates, and configuration management tools, adding both to the consistency of the process and reducing manual work.
Monitoring and Logging
Cloud-based systems also need performance monitoring and maintenance. For this reason, Cloud-specific DevOps uses solutions for comprehensive monitoring and logging to capture metrics, logs, and events from multiple cloud resources. To enable troubleshooting, proactive monitoring, and performance optimization, DevOps allows the integration of tools like AWS CloudWatch, Azure Monitor, or Prometheus.
Security and Compliance
Cloud-powered systems and data should be protected by any means. Security is critical when it comes to DevOps and cloud-specific DevOps. Appropriate security protection measures are usually taken by teams, who would like to prevent cloud-based threats. These measures include strategies like identity and access management, encryption, secure network configurations, vulnerability management, and compliance with industry regulations.
Therefore, Cloud-specific DevOps focuses on using the benefits of cloud platforms to promote agile and scalable software development and operations. It revolves around automation, collaboration, and efficient use of cloud resources, where teams deliver software faster and with improved quality.
Cloud-Specific DevOps Tools
There are numerous DevOps tools created to operate in cloud environments on the market. What’s more, these tools aim to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your cloud-based DevOps processes. Therefore, here’re the most popular cloud-specific DevOps tools:
If you need a completely managed continuous integration and delivery service, choose AWS CodePipeline offered by Amazon. It allows automation of building, testing, and deployment of applications on AWS.
If there is a need for a comprehensive set of development tools, then Microsoft for Azure Cloud is the perfect match. It includes features like source control, build automation, continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD), and more.
Google Cloud Build
Continuous Integration and Development can be provided by Google Cloud Build by Google Cloud Platform. Using Docker containers you can build, test and deploy applications on Google Cloud.
Continuous integration and delivery can be achieved using Jenkins – an open-source automation server. It is quite popular today among software engineers. Jenkins is compatible with different cloud environments via plugins and integrations, e.g., AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.
To manage containerized applications in the cloud, choose Kubernetes. It is an open-source container orchestration platform and the number one choice for deployment and management, enabling automated scaling, self-healing, and efficient usage of the other cloud resources.
The best infrastructure as a code tool that defines, and provisions cloud infrastructure resources in declarative configuration language is Terraform. It supports AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure cloud providers. The latter makes it faster to automate infrastructure changes.
Sencury's Cloud-specific DevOps Services
Our company offers you quality DevOps Services with development and operation teams working together throughout the SDLC. Within Sencury’s DevOps Services, we provide Cloud-specific DevOps Services to ensure scalability and efficiency of the teams’ communication and the project workflow.
We ensure you will receive top-notch services of
non-cloud apps adoption and migration to the cloud
consulting on your specific needs and cloud solutions assessment
performance and scalability enhancement via the cloud
automation and optimization of processes
integration of IT infrastructure security measures
Our pool of experts includes DevOps architects, Cloud and Automation engineers, and Security professionals. We focus on business automation, integration of software development with cloud infrastructure, and more.
Call on us today if you are thinking about the Cloud-Specific DevOps solution. Let’s discuss the details involved.