How Cloud and DevOps Are Helping the Remote Working World Today?

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How Cloud and DevOps Are Helping the Remote Working World Today?

In this article, see how Cloud and DevOps are helping the remote working world today.

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With companies adjusting their entire remote workforce into a new normal, the IT industry still struggles to maintain its productivity and workflows. In the present times, remote teams should be more agile, ready to adapt, and efficient to easily manage their IT infrastructure from remote locations.

To eliminate this restriction, businesses need to understand the true potential of the DevOps and Cloud environment.

DevOps is an IT business model that collaborates with software development and IT operations.

It aims to fasten the system development life cycle and provides continuous high-quality software delivery. With DevOps, the developers have complete control of the production environment and a better understanding of the production infrastructure.

The benefits of incorporating DevOps with cloud computing is considered profitable to businesses as they ensure faster application development, low development costs, understanding changing user demands, fast deployment, and so on.

In Gartner terms,

"DevOps represents a change in IT culture, focusing on rapid IT service delivery through the adoption of agile, lean practices in the context of a system-oriented approach. DevOps emphasizes people (and culture), and it seeks to improve collaboration between operations and development teams. DevOps implementations utilize technology — especially automation tools that can leverage an increasingly programmable and dynamic infrastructure from a life cycle perspective."

During the current pandemic situation, IT companies have migrated towards the remote working revolution and making the best use of cloud technology. Powerful Cloud platforms like Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud help businesses run software applications faster. The cloud tools and technologies let IT businesses focus on compliance and business requirements.

The reliable and secure remote work technology and the dynamic cloud platforms enable businesses to have scalable and secure solutions to reach new heights.

How DevOps Is Helping the Remote World Today?

As we all know the remote working era is staying with us for a long time and definitely not going anywhere- remote teams have to work harder to eliminate the lapse while working and establish positive culture between teams if they want to succeed and go ahead with DevOps.

To boost employees’ productivity while working remotely, DevOps helps businesses to eliminate the gaps between teams, deliver products faster, and increase efficiency.

DevOps is a set of practices that eliminates the barriers between development and IT operations teams, ensuring faster product delivery without compromising user experiences.

Continuous Process

DevOps is a continuous process. It provides assistance in the end-to-end software product lifecycle comprising designing, development, code integration, software testing, deployment, and end-user reviews. The main concern of the DevOps team is to keep tasks/processes continuous and synchronized during the transition to the remote work environment. 

Cloud Migration

A lot of businesses facilitate their DevOps teams to have an on-premise environment or a mix of cloud-based and on-premise. But, migrating to cloud solutions is still a need. To enhance employee productivity, no matter if your employees work side-by-side or remotely, that is why you should move all the DevOps to the cloud or use cloud-native tools.

Businesses can either choose VMware’s vCloud or you can go for popular services like AWS or Azure or Google Cloud.

Automate Operations

DevOps mindset helps businesses to automate almost everything they want. It helps streamline many repetitive tasks, such as testing functionalities or identifying product vulnerabilities, allowing your teams to focus on more complex aspects of their jobs.

Documentation and Project Management

Clear documentation of the ongoing tasks/processes of each phase of development is necessary for a smooth workflow. Creating a project timeline to keep track of work progress which facilitates team members to know where everyone is in the current situation.

Remote tools like Slack, Trello, Jira, etc helps teams to keep track of tasks given through simple documentation channels and can easily respond to each other faster. Employees can also revisit the previous history or notifications if anything they’ve missed.

Seamless Communication Between Teams

Seamless communication between team members is greatly needed when working remotely for smooth functioning in the organization. Remote Collaboration tools such as Jira, Basecamp, Slack, or Kanban facilitates synchronization of the work processes between teams and distribute them effectively. Remote tools help the employees to interact and collaborate with each other on every phase of the development lie cycle eliminating dependencies.

Tasting Success the ‘Cloud’ Way

The worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019, according to Gartner, Inc.

Listed out some of the benefits of Cloud in a remote environment:

  • Cloud computing has taken the application solutions to new heights in terms of scalability, availability, and security.

  • The newly emerging cloud technologies, web-based applications, virtual desktops, and other cloud enhanced tools facilitate remote working possible from anywhere in the world.  With the cloud, data is now stored at remote data centers rather on the on-premise hardware, hence, the chances of data loss or theft are reduced.

  • Businesses that are completely dependent on cloud IT capabilities for their IT systems and back-office operations will get the benefit from having employees migrating their data centers to check, maintain, and monitor their server and storage installations.

  • Cloud computing helps businesses get the benefit of data protection, business integrity, flexible development, and facilitate disaster resiliently systems.

Migrating towards a cloud environment is the best way to facilitate your employees with high flexibility to work in their comfort zones during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Wrapping Up

There are many companies that are working remotely for the first time and are skeptical about this step; the cloud can prove to be their best partner during this crisis. DevOps and Cloud can help you reap benefits for the long term success of your organization.

All in all, we can say that implementing these innovative ideas in this rapidly changing digital world will surely result in positive outcomes. Business leaders should be more concerned and focussed now on delivering seamless customer experiences to the users. Businesses must cater to high-quality products or services to their customers to increase their brand value.

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