DevOps is a partnership between development and operations that tries to bring the two together through communication and collaboration.
DevOps started around 2008 as developers and operations teams started to notice a gap in the application development/deployment process. Applications were (and still are) being developed separately from the operations teams tasked with deploying and maintaining them.
As has been proven in the past, developing and deploying applications this way is a disaster. Botched releases, site outages, poor customer experience, and frustrated management, are just a few of the problems this methodology causes.
The benefits of DevOps
DevOps reduces failures and improves stability through the automation of configuration, testing, and deployment of infrastructures and applications.
The 5 pillars of DevOps, CALMS, are the foundation on which it's based:
- Culture - Creating an environment of collaboration between development and operations.
- Automation - Automating repetitive manual tasks to create more reliable and stable systems and processes.
- Lean - Making small incremental improvements to a solid foundation.
- Measurement - Collecting the right data to properly introspect and improve.
- Sharing - Sharing responsibility and working towards a common goal.
These principles are what have made DevOps an effective tool in mitigating the problems inherent in application development and deployment, however, there's still room for improvement.
Removing the human element, where possible, and replacing it with automation, reduces margins of error. As an applications and organizations grow in complexity, this becomes critical.
Where DevOps falls short
While DevOps is a really important step in development and operations teams coming together to mitigate the complexities of building applications, it doesn't do enough.
DevOps itself is very complicated, and requires a lot of time and effort invested in learning the tools and techniques to make it effective.
The future of DevOps
The benefits of DevOps have become very clear over the past few years, as more and more companies are beginning to implement DevOps practices.
However, with the complexities inherent in DevOps and the need for entire teams just to implement it, DevOps needs to take a page out of its own book.
DevOps needs to be automated...
Taking DevOps out of the equation
Nanobox is a giant leap forward in the process of automating application development and deployment. Using Docker, it creates isolated local development environments that can be deployed anywhere. All server provisioning and configuration is done without the need for a human.
Application developers are able to build their applications and deploy them themselves, without having to involve DevOps as a middleman.
DevOps has saved countless hours of time and effort through the automation of infrastructure configuration and application deployment, just think how many hours could be saved by automating DevOps...