AWS DevOps Services: A Faster, Seamless Route to AWS DevOps Cloud
Uncover the pieces that make up an AWS DevOps architecture, best practices for AWS DevOps services, and more.
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Cloud computing and corresponding solutions have taken the corporate sector by storm. More and more organizations are taking the plunge and adopting cloud solutions to regulate business processes and accelerate performance. A typical path towards the adoption process has been migrating to a DevOps environment.
It is expected that by 2021 overall spending on cloud services will cross the mark of $530 billion. Etching an 80% growth, cloud-native DevOps is more likely to be the future of IT companies. Companies that have already made a move have the upper hand over the others who are yet to transform their business operations.
As for now, we recommend you not waste any further time and jump on the bandwagon at the earliest. With that being said, we draft this piece to educate and help you along your DevOps journey with ease.
AWS DevOps Services
Before moving directly to AWS DevOps, let’s first go over AWS and DevOps on their own.
What Is DevOps?
As the name suggests, DevOps is the fusion of the development and the operations department with the motive of enhancing the development and deployment of applications in real-time. Unlike the conventional method where the teams work separately, DevOps aims to combine the two as a single department, thereby regulating every activity. It accounts for a better, faster, and improved software development experience.
What Is AWS?
For the unfamiliar, AWS (Amazon Web Services) is the entire suite of Amazon cloud services (the service provider). While there are other industry providers, AWS is the largest and arguably the best service provider offering all of the services typically found within a data center.
Moving to the integration of the two terms, with AWS DevOps Services, Amazon helps implement DevOps operations over the cloud. That is to say, AWS DevOps provides all of the tools, technologies, and resources needed to design and deploy products on the go.
With AWS DevOps in place, you have the flexibility to ease the job of provisioning and managing infrastructure, automating testing procedures, deploying application code, and even keeping tabs on your application’s performance as well as infrastructural performance.
As an infrastructure as a service solution, AWS DevOps also renders a developer team that will help you with the development process while automating most of the testing and release process. While DevOps has had a tremendous impact on the development cycle, the integration of Amazon Web Services helps improve the process, resulting in seamless services.
AWS DevOps Architecture
Knowing what AWS DevOps means, we now see the architectural design of AWS DevOps. In total, the architecture accounts for the following:
Nearly every web application architecture gives the ease of balancing the load, and similar is the case with AWS DevOps. The entire system distributes the traffic to all of the servers available. The amount of traffic sent to a single server is regulated depending on the overall traffic, which again is automated through elastic load balancing in AWS DevOps.
Amazon Security Group
Considering the rise in cybercrimes and security breaches, AWS has a unique feature called the Amazon Security Group. It creates an internal firewall restricting access to the EC2. Only after the user specifies all of the details of the port, IP range, and protocols will the firewall grant access.
Primarily designed to render content, Amazon CloudFront can work in tandem with other components. What’s intriguing is that it can also operate on a non-AWS cloud.
As the name goes, an elastic cache is about grabbing the frequently used data and caching it to increase speed and performance.
Amazon Relational Database
Simplifying the operations on the cloud database, Amazon’s RDS takes into consideration the database operations or everyday rendering better methods to work with other databases.
Amazon Elastic Block Store
Designed to manage partitions and data logs, Amazon EBS is block storage that helps with storage solutions across files and databases.
Amazon Simple Storage Services
A simple and intuitive user interface providing end-to-end access to data stored in the Amazon database.
Amazon Auto Scaling
Scaling resources based on their needs.
Next to architecture comes the range of AWS DevOps tools. There are multiple tools, and each has a specific set of functionality.
- AWS Cloud Development Kit
- AWS CodeDeploy
- AWS CodeBuild
- AWS CodePipeline
- AWS CodeStar
- AWS Device Farm
Best Practices for AWS DevOps Services
Below are a few things that you must keep in mind when implementing DevOps through the AWS platform.
Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment
One of the most important offerings of the AWS platform, you can easily automate the process of integration and deployment using the tools mentioned above. AWS CodePipeline helps in software release workflows, AWS CodeDeploy facilitates automating deployment, AWS CodeBuild accelerates build and test code operations, and AWS CodeStar triggers unified CI/CD projects.
Amazon Web Services has both EC2 and Lambda servers that induce the idea of microservice architecture or serverless computing.
Monitoring and Logging
AWS houses Amazon Cloud Watch, CloudTrail, and X-Ray tools for real-time logging and monitoring of the infrastructure.
AWS CodeCommit is another feature provided by Amazon that helps you host a private Git account. Besides all of the above, AWS facilitates end-to-end automation of most of the deployment and release processes. It also has a forum that can be used by the team members for communication and collaboration purposes.
It is a wise decision to implement DevOps through AWS. You shouldn’t opt for another cloud service provider out of the blue. Assess and analyze your existing infrastructure to locate gaps, find out the pain points, and identify what’s best for your infrastructure. Remember, there’s no best solution but only one that’s optimal.
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