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Implementing DevOps Practices and Tools for the Cloud

DevOps, marked by an infinity symbol representing the continuous process of activity and efficiency, was a game changer.
Daniel Zacharias

Code Power Team

September 13, 2023

Before DevOps, integration between development and operation teams was slow, and projects tended to take forever to complete. DevOps, marked by an infinity symbol representing the continuous process of activity and efficiency, was a game changer.

This is why companies like Facebook, Walmart, Netflix, and Amazon have taken to it. In this article, I’ll explore DevOps practices and tools for the cloud environment and what has drawn these large organisations to it. 

The benefits of DevOps for cloud computing

The benefits of integrating DevOps into cloud computing are numerous. And these days, DevOps and cloud computing are inseparable. While DevOps streamlines the development process, the cloud offers scaling and automated provisioning.

Let’s explore the benefits in a bit more detail:

  1. Money saving: One of the indirect effects of DevOps is just how much money it can save a company. Thanks to the automation and streamlining of processes, there are fewer errors. At the end of the day, time equals money, so you’ll save time (and, therefore, money) thanks to DevOps efficient practices.
  2. Improved quality control: DevOps processes are known to improve quality control by bettering collaboration between different teams. It results in fewer errors and a better-quality end product. 
  3. Enhanced communication: While, as I’ve said, the improved collaboration results in a higher quality product, it also improves communication between different departments, leading to the faster resolution of project issues.
  4. Quicker time to market: With the ease of access and collaborative potential that the cloud provides, paired with the efficiency of DevOps, projects will be completed much quicker. 

The best practices for DevOps in cloud computing 

The benefits of DevOps in cloud computing are indisputable. Yet, you won’t get them just by implementing DevOps in your company. You need to follow proper methods and processes to reap those benefits. So, what practices should you follow? Let’s explore this next:

  1. Using Infrastructure-as-code (IaC): Want to avoid errors and better manage your infrastructure? Adopt IaC. In a nutshell, IaC involves defining infrastructure within code. This allows for control, automation, and testing of the deployment of the infrastructure resources. 
  2. Implementing the cloud-based approach: Your applications should be designed to make the best use of the elasticity and scalability of the cloud. This should significantly improve application performance. 
  3. Making use of continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD): Automating your applications’ building, creation, and testing dramatically improves efficiency. 
  4. Embracing automation: The root of DevOps is automation. In cloud computing, automating tasks such as (1) scaling, (2) provisioning, and (3) deployment can reduce errors and improve project delivery times. 

Tools to use for DevOps in cloud computing

Next, let’s take a look at some of the best tools for DevOps in cloud computing:

Tool 1: Jenkins is an open-source automation server that automates the software development processes of deploying, building, and testing. This Java-based program boasts hundreds of plugins you can use to your advantage. 

Tool 2: Terraform is an infrastructure-as-code (IaC) tool. It helps modify, create, and manage infrastructure in any cloud. 

Tool 3: GitLab is a web-based DevOps tool. It brings all your DevSecOps needs into a single application. It also boasts unified data storage. In addition, GitLab boasts feature-rich automation tools to sweeten the deal that much more.

Tool 4: Prometheus is a free, open-source application designed for the cloud. It’s a monitoring system that boasts features such as alerts, data collection, and query language. 

Implementing DevOps in cloud computing successfully

Now that I’ve covered why DevOps in cloud computing is beneficial, what the best practices are, and what tools you can use, let’s briefly explore how you can integrate these successfully in your business.

Step 1: Ensure you invest in DevOps and cloud computing training. 

This may seem self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how often this crucial step is neglected. With great training comes great understanding. And with enough understanding comes acceptance. Be a leader, not a manager. Don’t just tell them to do something — make them understand why.

Step 2: Don’t feel compelled to move every application to the cloud.

It’ll be difficult to justify the cost of moving each application. Some are also based on traditional technology, making them impractical to move. Therefore, always start with the most valuable applications and move from there.

Step 3: Provide sufficient funding.

While the cost-saving allure of DevOps and the cloud might have drawn you in the first place, your projects will surely fail without a high enough initial investment. Be ready to invest significantly initially. You’ll save in the long term, don’t you worry. 

Step 4: Implement security.

Remember that security needs to extend to your DevOps tools as well. It should be integrated into your continuous integration and deployment processes and should be part of automated testing. 

Get ready to invest

While DevOps and the cloud offers great potential for business savings, you need to be prepared to offer money and time. Maintaining best practices as well can be time-consuming. But at the end of the day, trust me when I say you’ll get your money’s worth. 

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