DevOps, DevOps, DevOps. Why is everyone talking about it now? People say, "Just do DevOps," and I laugh at that.
Is it that easy? Let's discuss some facts that you should know before moving to DevOps.
We all want to do DevOps because it's cool and trendy. Is that your answer? If so, then stop thinking about it. It's not what you think it is.
Before taking the first step to doing DevOps, ask yourself why you need DevOps and set the goals and objectives properly.
1. Know the 6 C's DevOps Cycle
You need to know the DevOps cycle. See the figure below.
Continuous business planning. This starts with identifying the skills, outcomes, and resources needed.
Collaborative development. This starts with development sketch plan and programming.
Continuous testing. Unit and integration testing help increase the efficiency and speed of the development.
Continuous release and deployment. A nonstop CD pipeline will help you implement code reviews and developer check-ins easily.
Continuous monitoring. This is needed to monitor changes and address errors and mistakes spontaneously whenever they happen.
Customer feedback and optimization. This allows for an immediate response from your customers for your product and its features and helps you modify accordingly.
2. Know Different Tools for DevOps Success
Your organization should be willing to change and open to the challenges ahead. DevOps is not a set of tools, although in order to do DevOps, you need some incredible tools. It's top management's responsibility to make sure proper training is given to developers by DevOps experts. Your developers should be well-versed with some tools used to do DevOps.
Possible tools include the following:
3. Deploy Frequently and Automatically
DevOps adoption means that you are willing to change fast, develop fast, test fast, fail fast, recover fast, learn fast, and push the product fast to the market.
Your developers must understand that they will now they deploy frequently and automatically with rapid release cycles.
4. Containers and Microservices Architecture
It's obvious that you are moving towards the advanced technology by doing DevOps where automation is the key. To support the automation process, you need to make sure you have leveraged containers and microservices architecture. These facts make automation process easy and efficient.
5. Constant Communication Between Teams
Constant communication is one of the best qualities of an amazing team. Clear and constant communication brings visibility and will let you know who is doing what and what’s going on between the teams in an organization. It can be about the project status, incident management, etc. Slack is one tool that’s taking this very seriously by enabling teams to collaborate and constantly communicate with each other.
So, if you are already practicing DevOps or in the initial stages of adopting it, looking at these steps and will help you make sure you're on the right path.