8 Important Tools to Have in a DevOps Toolkit

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2016-06-22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    8 Important Tools to Have in a DevOps Toolkit

    More companies are adopting DevOps to bring better quality applications to market faster. Here are eight essential tools DevOps organizations need.
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    Automated Testing

    In the software-centric economy, speed is everything. The pressure to deliver more, better, faster falls squarely on teams tasked with releasing high-quality Web and mobile apps for an increasing number of devices and platforms. In the new world of agile development and quickly iterating software, traditional quality assurance methods present a significant bottleneck. Effective DevOps practices require continuous, automated testing that waterfall QA tools and processes are unable to deliver. Through cloud-based automated testing platforms, such as Sauce Labs, organizations can achieve success with continuous integration (CI)/continuous delivery (CD), increase developer productivity, improve quality and reduce infrastructure costs.
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    Machine Data Analytics

    Although the big data market will be nearly $50 billion by 2019 (as reported by researcher IDC), what's most exciting is that the disruptive power of machine learning and data analytics is still in its infancy. This exponential growth in machine data provides a new set of challenges for DevOps teams, who require real-time, secure access to production data and the ability to recognize patterns across data sources to detect anomalies. Developers are able to tackle these issues through cloud-native machine data analytics platforms, such as Sumo Logic, providing full-stack application visibility to build, run and secure modern applications and cloud infrastructures.
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    Software Development and Delivery

    Twenty years ago, software typically was updated monthly or quarterly; today, updates happen daily to stay competitive. With the advent of CI/CD, organizations need a universal binary artifact manager such as JFrog to sustain this extremely fast-paced software release cycle. Centralizing the management of all binary artifacts helps simplify the complexity of diverse binary types, their position in the workflow and the dependencies between them. With DevOps engineers using more and more CI/CD development technologies in their daily work, it's critical to have one centralized tool that can work seamlessly across various platforms.
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    Application Release Automation

    Modern enterprises must balance back-office legacy IT systems with digital front-office teams working to release faster with modern—often open-source—technologies. Good application release automation (ARA) solutions bridge that gap and give end-to-end visibility across the enterprise. It is the only way to integrate monolithic apps into the continuous delivery pipeline to ensure digital transformation does not produce digital discord.
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    Continuous Integration

    CI tools, such as Jenkins tools, run automatic tests on the source repository every time someone pushes new code into it. This obtains feedback almost instantly to pinpoint faulty code, giving developers to the chance to use the rollback feature of their ARA solution. It reduces the need for rigorous manual checks before new code is pushed and saves time and finger-pointing when a fault is found. Once the code has been tested automatically, it can be promoted back into the continuous delivery pipeline for automated deployment.
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    Containers

    Container providers such as Docker have fundamentally changed the way applications are architected, developed and delivered. Docker provides an abstraction layer to Linux containers that guarantees the runtime environment exposed to an application will be identical no matter where the container is hosted—it will run as long as the container is running in a Docker host. The Docker image is now the immutable package that can be promoted up through the continuous delivery pipeline and safely enables continuous deployment.
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    Cloud Orchestration

    Almost every digital enterprise harnesses the power and flexibility of the cloud these days, and modern startups are born cloud-native. Now the differentiator is how fast you can provision cloud-based infrastructure. If your developers still have to wait for operations to provision application-ready infrastructure in the cloud, your development cycle is too long. Service orchestration allows processes that traditionally entail many manual steps to be conducted end to end with the push of a single button, even by non-technical staff.
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    Rollback

    Version control and rollback effectively offer the ability to unmake mistakes as soon as they are spotted. This gives invaluable flexibility when pushing code through environments and allows mistakes to be pinpointed and remedied quickly. Timestamps attached to versions give a full audit trail of who did what and where, which is particularly vital for heavily regulated companies that rely on releasing innovative customer-facing apps rapidly.
 

With 2016 being the year DevOps is predicted to hit the mainstream, early adopters of the business model soon will see their advantage over competitors gone. It's a matter of time before everyone releases software faster and incrementally, so now companies must practice DevOps better. For the record, DevOps is a set of methods, principles and practices for collaboration and integration between development and IT operations. This collaboration increases agility and reduces friction between development and operations, resulting in faster software/application deployment and quicker problem detection. With an ever-growing list of DevOps tools on the market, choosing the right combination is the best way to gain a crucial market advantage. In this eWEEK slide show, with market-share information from researcher IDC, Automic Chief Marketing Officer Chris Boorman identifies eight technologies that should be featured in a DevOps toolkit to capitalize on where app development is now as well as where the industry is headed in the next few years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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