IT Automation Simplifies Operation
Gone are the days when IT infrastructure dealt with enormous server rooms messed-up with multiple appliances and wires; not to mention the operational tasks associated which were humongous. But now, the IT landscape is not the same as it was before.
As infrastructure progress towards virtualization enabled technologies like cloud and Hyperconvergence, a new cultural shift is taking place around automation in the IT world and we call it DevOps. It’s neither a technology nor a tool but a philosophy aims at optimizing development and operations by bringing them working together. This results in building high-quality software faster, rolling out quicker and managing it better.
DevOps is not a tool but without tools DevOps is nothing. Sounds contrary? Let’s clarify! To support DevOps way of working, several tools are used by both developers and IT operators, such as Git, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Jenkins etc. With these tools, dev and ops teams work closely to achieve shorter release cycles, continuous integration and deployment, thus effectively faster time to market.
“Industry-leading companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Walmart, Adobe and Netflix leverage DevOps well across the organization”
How DevOps Simplify the Life of IT?
Joining hands with developers, the operations team has also started automation in all their work. Here are a few instances:
Automate Deployment: Using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) concept, setting-up deployment environment like VMs, networks etc., are automated through coding. This gets rid-off manual efforts to perform the same tasks.
Easier Resource Management: Monitoring and management feature in infrastructure code allows operation team to store artifacts and infrastructure templates, update configurations frequently and gives ops team a clear picture of the entire IT resources needed to support an application to perform efficiently.
Effective Monitoring: Using continuous monitoring tools like Nagios and Zabbix, operation team can ensure that the applications and infrastructure are behaving at optimal levels and help them to take corrective measures at earlier stages if things go wrong.
Avoid Security Risks: Adopting security goals in DevOps automates security checks and allows the operations team not only to spot and fix vulnerabilities quickly but also make them to create and deploy security updates and patches faster.
The impact of lean thinking led to the widespread adoption of agile. Now it’s DevOps. From planning to production, automation resides in every phase and thus the reason for its widespread adoption.