DevOps is the integration of application developers and operations teams into a single team with responsibility for application development, testing, deployment and management. DevOps teams can develop everything from new products or new features on existing products, through application updates, regular security upgrades and even simple bug fixes.
While DevOps is well-known for its ability to speed up the application development and deployment cycle, what’s less known and factored into decisions is its ability to make a difference in your cloud’s performance, both through technical optimization and by allowing operations teams to devote more resources to management and optimization and less on deployment.
Managed properly, DevOps smooths the interface between development and deployment that can cause such challenges for cloud infrastructures, while giving your teams the tools they need to build, deploy, manage and update efficient and high-quality applications that are designed to thrive in the cloud.
Some of the ways in which DevOps can help speed up your cloud performance include:
- Increasing Frequency of Deployment: DevOps traditionally pushes teams into a leaner development model, moving to a more frequent deployment rhythm of smaller modular code updates. Smoothing out the peaks and valleys of deployment’s demands on operational teams improves their ability to manage and optimize cloud performance on an ongoing basis.
- Improved Automation: The DevOps model of increasing automation of functions such as infrastructure management, workflow management, code testing and performance measurement also frees resources for cloud performance optimization, while also catching bugs and other problems early before they start consuming resources.
- Comprehensive Version/Source Control: Increasing frequency of deployment can limit the number of versions of code for which developers are responsible and administrators must devote resources to managing. These tools also improve documentation, which aids in bug fixes, security updates and future updates.
- Configuration Management: One significant way that DevOps can improve cloud performance is through the integration of configuration management into application development, building scalability and cloud utilization into applications at a fundamental level.
- Cloud-Native Development: In addition to configuration management, cloud-native development in a DevOps environment improves cloud performance through containerization, cloud standards compliance, logging and management models and more.
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