Achieving True DevOps Automation
Doing DevOps the right way starts with figuring out the critical processes that you can automate. You should focus on the job run-time, state, visibility, and operations.
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DevOps is something that everybody wants to do. Since it's being adopted by a large number of software organizations, a lot of confusion is arising. Everybody is practicing DevOps — but are they doing it properly? Is there a roadmap for DevOps success?
It depends on the type of the organization. Today, I am going to show you a holistic view of a road map to DevOps success.
For many years, organizations have struggled to adopt and truly become Agile. DevOps to the rescue!
Here's a systematic map on how to achieve DevOps success:
You must always remember that zero-touch automation is the goal — but that doesn’t mean that you have to be deploying straight to production. However, if you want to do it, you should be able to do it. It should be so easy that even an operation guy can do it with just a push of a button without needing to SSH bunch of servers.
DevOps is broken into four different blocks:
- Build, CI, and packaging.
- Release and deploy.
Along with these four stages, an organization must go through all of the environments as shown in the image.
The goal here should be moving the automation in your organization as far to the right as possible.
The automation is built on these four core pillars.
1. Job Run-Time
Your entire enterprise should be using a common image format or a common image on which all your applications will be getting built. This pillar is a way to check the packaging and to check what versions will installed across the enterprise.
Just running a particular task is not enough. You need to know all of the other tasks that are running, when they were last run, stable versions, artifacts like IP addresses in automation, Docker container tags, etc. All of these things should be systemically available.
You need to know how the entire workflow is happening without needing to go to each thing. You need to be able to see everything in a single pane. This helps visually get an overview of your application automation process and status.
This pillar has to do with explaining how you deploy, how you scale, etc.
Doing DevOps the right way starts with figuring out the critical processes that you can automate. If you want more information, this DevOps automation process is explained very well in this video.
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