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What is DevOps

DevOps is an approach to software development aimed at accelerating the processes that lead from concept to deployment in a much more efficient and secure way than any traditional approach through the use of automation and self-service within the development team.

Also read the article DevOps best practices to adopt immediately in the company for an overview.

Why adopt DevOps

1

Adapting to change

The Agile manifesto promotes the ability to 'respond to change rather than follow a plan', the adoption of processes that are able to adapt quickly and that can be released frequently to allow the application of metrics capable of measuring the effectiveness of actions.
2

Results in less time

Continuous integration and continuous delivery practices allow you to fix bugs faster, integrate new functions and collect user feedback faster. In a competitive market, speed and time to market are crucial parameters.
3

Programmatic scalability and costs optimization

The scalability of an infrastructure is essential to ensure the expected business results. This is why it is important that the software is able to manage infrastructures easily and with maximum automation.

WHAT IS DEVOPS AND HOW TO ADOPT THIS MODEL?

DevOps practices

CI/CD
Microservices
IaC

CI/CD

Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development method where the code base resides in a centralized repository and is regularly modified by developers with automated build and test processes. This allows you to increase the frequency of updates, gain responsiveness in solving bugs and improve the quality of the software.

Continuous Delivery (CD) is the next step to CI, a software engineering approach that favors production in short cycles, which ensure the ability to reliably release the software at any time.

Continuous Deployment (CD) is the last step towards the complete automation of development processes, going beyond Continuous Delivery thanks to the automatic release of each change in production once it has passed all the testing phases of the code. To learn more, also read the article 'What are Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment'.

Microservices

Microservices are an architectural style that addresses the development of a single application as a suite of modular services, independent and communicating with each other via API, which can be easily and constantly developed, maintained and scaled individually without compromising the stability of the entire application. This architecture guarantees a high resilience and allows a strong independence of the development team. Would you like to know more? Take the time to read 'Microservices: What Are They and Why Use Them?'.

IaC

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is a practice according to which DevOps teams deal with the management and provisioning of the technology stack in an automated manner, using software. This approach allows teams to act quickly and at scale on the infrastructure, ensuring horizontal scalability essential for modern applications.

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)

The purpose of the SRE approach is to increase the reliability of systems: it is a set of principles, practices and organizational constructs that allows both to make the existing work and to innovate it. This second aspect is fundamental, because one of the objectives of the SRE is not only to keep the promises made about the management of the systems, but also to do so while the services are constantly improved incrementally with new features. Read this article if you need an introduction to SRE to understand what benefits it brings.

Read this article if you wish to know the 6 SRE best practices you should use.

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How DevOps works

DevOps (from the English contraction of development, ‘development’, and operations, or ‘putting into production’ or ‘deployment’) is a software development methodology that aims at communication, collaboration and integration between developers and operations staff. DevOps means synergy between corporate culture, practices and tools. It aims to provide maximum agility to an organization to develop applications and services.

This approach allows for the evolution and improvement of products at a faster rate than traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. Facebook, Spotify and Netflix are just some of the giants of the web who have understood the benefits of this methodology. The approach aims to merge the entire application life cycle into a single unit: development, testing, delivery and security, with the advantage that each member of the team acquires global knowledge and not just of their specific domain.

The team always aims to achieve greater efficiency and autonomy, which is why all automation processes are the basis of the DevOps approach. The ability to minimize manual activities has the benefit of reducing errors and waste. For this we use techniques and tools such as Container, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Infrastructure as code, Microservices, Build pipeline. In this regard, we have written a post that summarizes the Best DevOps Tools according to our experience.

DevOps & Automation Setup: Why SparkFabrik?

Because we offer you all the tools and know-how necessary to help you and your team in the transition to the modern software development approach by assisting you in the adoption of DevOps practices.

And we do it with knowledge of the facts and with years of experience behind us.

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