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Advancing Enterprise Productivity With Orchestration in DevOps

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Advancing Enterprise Productivity With Orchestration in DevOps

The utilization of an effective DevOps strategy has accelerated the performance of businesses. Find out more!

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Thriving enterprises have harnessed the power of DevOps for overcoming the bottlenecks of software development and deployment process. The utilization of an effective DevOps strategy has accelerated the performance of businesses with its ability to develop, test, and deploy software at a much higher velocity than legacy enterprises.

DevOps is an asset for enterprises and technology evangelists for a quick and uber effective implementation of the SDLC. Despite this, executives are skeptical about the utilization of DevOps and the revolutionary capability it brings when practiced within enterprises.

We’re Here to Bust That Myth Today

DevOps is a transformative process aiming to automate and organize business processes, workflows, culture and methodology of an organization, aiding them to achieve faster and efficient customers goals.

The foundation of a rewarding DevOps strategy stands tall on four staunch pillars building momentum for competitive businesses with an additional edge.

  1. Automation: CI/CD - Continuous integration and Continuous deployment is an automatic pipeline triggering the entire console on initiated tasks stirring at each phase of process-scheduled, ongoing or expected to happen.
  2. Transformation: Ongoing legacy based technological transformation to new-edge technology like from monoliths to microservices, from stand-alone to dockers and from manual to automated ones.
  3. Orchestration: Automated coordination and management of multiple tasks and its sub tasks executed in a larger workflow to optimize frequent and repetitive processes, promises successful deliverables and shorter time-to-market.
  4. Collaboration: Increased collaboration and communication between different departments of a single enterprise executing same project, same code, tool and responsibility.

DevOps is a continuous improvement process for businesses aiming for an easy collaboration and communication across multiple departments of a single organization. These pillars help enterprises attain the highest possible levels of automation, multi-level testing and sustainable feedback loops to developers which improves directly reduces the sprint time while optimizing the overall project lifecycle.

Understanding DevOps Orchestration

Technology breakthrough has brought complex deployment challenges to the fore - clustered applications, multiple cloud infrastructures, various datacenters and interdependencies and more. That’s why the need for strategic automation to optimize processes has never been more apparent than now leading to the rise of Orchestration.

Orchestration in DevOps begins with Automation. It can be automating a single task, repeated technical tasks, settings to launch apps or changing the database entry, both on PCs and in the Cloud.

Consider the case of the retail giant, Walmart.

Walmart, is a strong advocate of the belief that Automation using DevOps leads to reduced time-to market, cost optimization and greater deployment efficiency.

Walmart Labs created an open source application, Hapi- a node.js framework for reusable logic instead of spending massive time on creating and executing the code again and again. This successful DevOps approach relies on cloud-based technology that automates and accelerates application deployment. In addition, they have recently built their own cloud and deployed more than 100,000 Open stack programs and is going head strong on this agile DevOps approach.

Types of Orchestration

  • Cloud Orchestration:
    Cloud orchestration is a programmable technology with multiple workflows of distinctive cloud platforms such as public cloud or private cloud infrastructure. It aims to automate tasks into a cohesive funneled workflow adhering to IT permissions and policies.
  • Service Orchestration:
    Service orchestration is a ‘end-to end’ service solution inclusive of multiple functional processes from designing of application to the final product release and its consultation- a holistic end-to-end delivery. Automation of multiple tasks works on a rule-based concept where processes are categorized and handled as per domain-specificity or siloed operational or IT environments.
  • Release Orchestration:
    An easy blend of tools and practices that you have developed can be easily orchestrated and managed in pipelines without any blockage. It holds an expertise in each process involved in release from testing, deployment or even the on-going continuous process.
    It fosters smoother collaboration between external and internal systems using Continuous integration software like Jenkins and JIRA.

Is Automation misleading the phenomenon of Orchestration?

Many still lack the clarity between Orchestration and Automation which misleads most of them. Automation itself is a part of Orchestration. Let’s explore the differences between the two.

Automation is a specific task allowed to execute on its own. Simplest example could be running a shutdown command in your windows system or in IT can be running a single line code several times.

While on the other hand, Orchestration means automating multiple tasks such as IT workflows at once for multiple ongoing processes. For instance, mobile and database orchestration.

Automation and Orchestration continuously play a vital role in improving tasks and automation, between multiple teams – both IT and operational. They work towards achieving an ideal product that incorporates a larger amount and saves majority of time while yet fulfilling all the requested needs.

Some Commonly Cited Benefits of DevOps Orchestration Include:

  • Decreasing IT costs: Better use the budget for more innovative new projects
  • Decreasing friction: More collaboration and less mismanagement is observed between teams
  • Improved Productivity: Simultaneous task processing leads to better productivity
  • Standardizing processes: Maintain a same product and process across spectrum that are more consistent and reliable

Benefits of DevOps are broad and extended assisting most organizations to streamline their relationship between developers and the operations team, thereby breaking down their silos, frictions between service employees and finally improving productivity.

Topics:
application development services, cicd, cicd pipeline, devops, devops adoption, devops application, devops services, orchestration tool

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