DevOps

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What Is DevOps?

DevOps is a software development methodology that combines software development with information technology operations. The goal of DevOps is to shorten the systems development life cycle while delivering features, fixes, and updates frequently in close alignment with business objectives

DevOps is an approach to lean and agile software delivery that promotes closer collaboration between lines of business, development and IT operations. Historically, development and operations, and even testing, have been siloed operations. DevOps brings them together to improve agility and reduce the time needed to address customer feedback. With continuous delivery, continuous deployment and continuous monitoring of applications, we will help you:

  • Respond to the market faster and build engaging user experiences.
  • Scale DevOps successfully without disrupting your business.
  • Build a startup culture that brings business, development and operations together. 

DevOps is not just a set of tools to be implemented. Unwise automation can do as much damage as wise automation can provide improvements and benefits. DevOps is also not just culture and is ineffective without the greater body of practice that exists. Finally, DevOps is not exclusive to IT Development ("Dev") and Business Operations ("Ops"). For it to be effective, DevOps should include agile collaboration among all disciplines within an organization.

DevOps Helps You Scale Via Continuous Deployment

A major outcome of implementing DevOps is a continuous integration and continuous deployment pipeline(CI/CD). CI/CD helps you deliver apps to customers frequently and validate software quality with minimal human intervention.

Specifically, CI/CD introduces ongoing automation and continuous security monitoring throughout the lifecycle of apps, from integration and testing phases to delivery and deployment, so you can quickly identify and correct problems and defects. Taken together, these connected practices are often referred to as a “CI/CD pipeline” and are supported by development and operations teams working together in an agile way. 

DevOps and Security

In order to take full advantage of a DevOps approach, organizations must consider how security plays a role in the life cycle of their apps. This means thinking about core security from the planning phase onward. It also means automating some security features to keep the DevOps workflow from slowing down. Selecting the right tools to integrate security can help meet your DevOps security goals.

But effective DevOps security requires more than new tools—it builds on the cultural changes of DevOps to integrate the work of security teams sooner rather than later. DevOps speeds things up by closing the gap between development and operations, but the speed gained can be undermined by poor security planning.

Security was once the exclusive responsibility of an isolated team—tacked on in the final stage of development. Now, in a collaborative DevOps framework, security is a shared responsibility, integrated from the start.