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Technical Considerations For Successful DevOps Implementation in Startups

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Technical Considerations For Successful DevOps Implementation in Startups

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Today we are living in a time where young entrepreneurs are coming forward with startup ideas that can make any business model think twice. The startups of this time live and thrive on digital changes. In order to follow iterative development, they are ready to adopt emerging technologies and follow Lean and Agile methodologies.

The innovative digital products that they develop are effective in tackling real-life challenges, and many new startups have been able to reach remarkable success in doing so. Still, startups have to work in such a way that they make greater use of fewer resources in terms of money, time, and people. With increasing competition and challenging technical considerations to build around, it becomes important for the business to improve agility and maintain low infrastructure costs.

It is very normal for any startup to come up with a minimum viable product for the business. Then, businesses can go on improving the products based on user or stakeholder feedback. A number of times, this may demand multiple releases in a day. It is in such a situation that DevOps becomes the most viable options for startups to adopt as a process methodology.

DevOps helps the development and operations teams collaborate in a better manner and have a strong relationship. The way products are built has been changed by combining DevOps with cloud technology. DevOps has helped different businesses to keep themselves updating to meet the changing market needs. You can say that it works as an effective solution for your software development and deployment challenges.

Moreover, with DevOps, you can automate the complete delivery pipeline, keep the codes in a releasable format, all the while making things simpler for the teams to deploy code changes.

There are some technical considerations which should be kept in mind when you plan to have DevOps implementation within startups and they have been mentioned here.

Automation

Automation is very much crucial when considering the anatomy of the typical startup. It helps handle redundant processes all the while helping with decreasing the amount of human effort needed for testing, QA, code compiling, monitoring and reporting, and more. It is true that automation is good for simplifying the business processes, but doing more using different automation tools can lead to coming up with unexpected results. So for the same reason, it is important to evaluate the product lifecycle completely in the first place.

Dockerization

In order to meet the expectations of the consumers, startups look for flexible, agile, consistent, and scalable environments to build their applications. This means they look for portable and lightweight infrastructure which is cost effective. Recently, Docker has managed to gain much popularity. Docker is a software development platform which makes applications portable by packaging them in containers. You can find everything which you need to run the software component on its own through an open source software bucket. You can think about it as another form of virtualization which is capable to run different containers at the same time and is very lightweight.

Optimizing Server Utilization

When it comes to startups one of the main focus areas is to keep the costs regarding the infrastructure to a minimum amount and one of the costly cloud mistakes that startups can end up making is over-provisioning or under-provisioning of infrastructure. Based on average consumption, startups should think about smart provision and work on infrastructure when and as needed.

Continuous Availability

DevOps offers provisions for continuous development and continuous integration that helps with the improvement of code quality that leads to automating the delivery pipeline further. This way the release cycle time is drastically reduced, code remains in the releasable state every time, and the time to market becomes quicker. This way, businesses can manage to stay ahead of the competition by including product changes faster.

Continuous Monitoring

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For a startup, whether it is a website or an application, underperformance can cost a lot of money. For the same reason, startups should make use of DevOps tools which can help to identify security loopholes, performance issues, or other issues which can hinder their growth. Such tools can work in both reactive and proactive modes and offer continuous visibility of the state of resources in order to take corrective actions.

Portability

Startups come with a dynamic nature and they are said to experience frequent changes in all things. Startups need to come up with products with the feature of portability in order to maintain their dynamic nature. Think of a scenario in which, due to performance issues, a startup will have to move its larger workload to a more fault-tolerant and robust platform and it can be something like moving things to a different cloud server completely. So when it comes to building the infrastructure and the products, portability has to be taken into account by startups.

Conclusion

As a startup business, you get just one chance to win over your customers, and if you fail to do so, you will end up facing losses and will have to start all over again. With DevOps, it will become possible to make your product look better introduce about cultural change in terms of collaboration between development and operations teams. 

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