Benefits of Using Cloud With DevOps Services
Marrying the benefits of cloud computing with the principles of DevOps brings a plethora of benefits.
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Amid the rising competition and market demand, digital transformation is critical for businesses to maintain agility. Thus, there is a shift from on-premises infrastructure to cloud for optimizing operational cost, build scalable solutions, improve disaster recovery and high availability, follow compliances, and more.
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Apart from moving to the cloud, there is a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions (especially software applications) are developed. Considering the current market requirements, such as faster time-to-market, frequent releases, real-time monitoring, and testing, the development and operations team needs to work together to deliver results, as fast as possible. This is where DevOps comes into the picture.
Both cloud and DevOps are two critical, inseparable components of the software development cycle. The later segment discusses the alliance between the two and the benefits of using the cloud with DevOps services.
Automation Becomes Easy
is the most significant advantage of DevOps. Using a set of tools and techniques, the engineers communicate, collaborate, automate processes, optimize infrastructure, etc. Automating processes on the cloud makes them error-free, reducing cost and time to market. DevOps is comprised of practices such as CI/CD to automate development, delivery, testing, and deployment.
Upfront Capacity Planning
Just imagine this. You launched an eCommerce store that started to receive unexpected traffic. You haven't done any load testing, which can ultimately lead to poor user experience and application performance. This cycle of upfront capacity planning can be automated by running test plans that are provided by the cloud service providers. Moreover, some services automate the cycle of scaling up and down of resources as the demand requires.
Various cloud service providers offer monitoring and observability services, specially built for DevOps engineers, developers, and IT managers. These services provide actionable insights to monitor applications, optimize resource allocation, respond to performance changes, and offer a unifies dashboard to keep a track of overall health of the application.
For continuous deployment of new software release to production, cloud and DevOps collaboration is important. While the cloud handles the infrastructure, DevOps manages the logic. For example, CI tools like Jenkins can be used for maintaining a flow of cases, such as:
- Triggering the build after passing the version control system
- Pulling the code from VCS and run automated test cases
- Trigger deployment to staging server
- Promoting tested code to staging and then to the production server
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