The Journey To DevOps

Written by Nishad Salam

Nishad Salam is currently working as Specialist - Enterprise Solutions at KUWAITNET.

With the internet growing rapidly and sites such as Amazon, Google, Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube becoming monstrous entities, those in IT witnessed seeing websites grow from one server to a dozen and even thousands. As a result, the business consequences of downtime, or of poor performance, skyrocketed.

The need for DevOps grew with the growth of websites. And to blur the boundaries between development and operations, DevOps came into existence. Today DevOps became more than an idea. But unfortunately, the shift hasn’t been easy for everyone. DevOps has been focused too heavily on development and operations hasn’t enjoyed an equal share of improvements.

Role of the IT Managers

DevOps means that there ought to be more co-operation and co-ordination between the Development and the Operations departments. Implementing a successful DevOps,  IT managers need to think out of the box, more broadly speaking regarding a way to spur a cultural and structural shift among each of their team and therefore the broader organization, as opposed to merely deploying new technologies. Thus, it's regarding breaking down siloed teams of individuals and responsibilities, and—in their place—building groups which will multitask on technical problems and goals.

DevOps Team, Who are they?

Good DevOps groups need hive-minded people targeted on putting a balance between quick, continuous innovation and security and operational wants. Now, DevOps itself is additionally evolving, and its future depends on mastery of multi-cloud ecosystems.

5 Stages of DevOps Evolution

1. Normalize the technology stack: The process starts from here. Several teams have started adopting true agile methods and are implementing proper version control as they seek to provide continuous integration and delivery. This is when redundant technologies are eliminated, and the stack is normalized, which implies that practitioners must depend on a standard set of technologies and place application configurations in version control.

2. Standardize and reduce variability: As noted, development and operations teams are working toward one goal. This means teams must work to make sure their technology is further consolidated to a single OS family, process complexity is reduced, and many collaboration opportunities are explored. This is also when system configurations should be placed in version control and applications should be re-architected to fit business needs.

3. Expand DevOps practices: At this point, all the foundational pieces should be in place. This phase is a cleanup phase for discrepancies created by previous changes. For instance, the output of the application development team must match that of the delivery for real effectiveness.

4. Automate infrastructure delivery: At this stage, a company can help lessen the discrepancies between development output and operations delivery times. As a result, everyone gets closer to being one on the same page. And things such as security configurations, system configurations, and provisioning are automated, which means the DevOps team can deliver faster and is better set up for future self-service.

5. Provide self-service capabilities: DevOps deployments are created here. Developers can deploy testing environments on their own, and success metrics are clearly visible to the entire team.

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