How to merge DevOps and Cloud Development
In this fast-paced world that we live in, there is nothing more important than staying relevant. When talking about developing a successful application, you should always consider how you are going to scale, how you are going to release updates, and how you are going to convert user feedback to relevant changes.
Why DevOps Matters
In traditional development management models, the operations team and the development team are often completely divided from each other, making efficient communication hard to achieve. The constant back-and-forth between managers and developers slows down progress, fuels mistrust, and prevents innovation. The DevOps is a relatively new approach that has emerged as a way to remedy these issues.
In simple terms, DevOps means collaboration between the operations team and the development team. Oftentimes the two teams are merged in one, and go hand-in-hand through all application development cycles. This approach helps to improve and evolve products at a faster pace than traditional product development management methods.
Who is a DevOps engineer?
Taking into the account that the DevOps development management model is a so-called bridge between the development team and the operations team, than the DevOps engineer must be the person who is an expert in multiple areas at once, such as software development, quality assurance, deployment processes, infrastructure architecture, and many more other areas that span the developmental process of a unique application.
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DevOps and Cloud Computing
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing is an IT resource delivery method where you get your storage, computing power, application, database, and other needs fulfilled over the internet by cloud providers on a pay-per-use basis.
Cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services have revolutionized the way we view application development. The flexibility that comes with managing your backend infrastructures in the cloud has allowed for application developers to focus on what actually matters – product quality and customer satisfaction.
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Impact of DevOps on the Cloud Development Workflow
DevOps is the perfect strategy for developing applications that require fast and frequent deployment of new features. Due to the nature of cloud computing, it can be the perfect centralized environment for DevOps automation. Cloud services like AWS provide a single platform for testing, deployment, and development, which makes adoption of DevOps practices almost intuitive, as opposed to monolithic approaches of the past.
It is important to understand that the adoption of DevOps practices should start from the earliest stages of your application. It is also good to know that DevOps cloud development comes hand in hand with a number of DevOps tools, like Kubernetes, Jenkins, Docker, Git, and more.
Best Practices for DevOps in Cloud Development
Even though the DevOps & cloud combination is increasingly gaining in popularity, it is still relatively new. In a situation like this, it is important to distinguish between good and bad developmental practices. Fortunately, this is exactly why articles like this one exist – to help you in these unknown scenarios. Adopting a whole new development management model can seem hard and intimidating, but we here at Romexsoft have compiled a list of best DevOps practices in cloud development:
Continuous integration has never been easier to achieve than with using done-and-trusted DevOps management practices combined with all of your application’s resources available through cloud services such as Amazon Web Services.
DevOps and cloud computing are the perfect combination for constant delivery of new features. Any user feedback can be swiftly converted into an update due to the constant availability of the cloud services.
Fully-managed cloud services combined with DevOps app deployment practices can make the whole application deployment process completely automated.
DevOps quality assurance practices for cloud services are a winning combination for your application’s QA experience. Using cloud resources for testing as a part of DevOps process is way more efficient and foolproof than using virtual machines.
Microservice architectural style means that an application is combined from a number of independently developed and managed features (which are called microservices). Microservices are a great way to simplify implementing certain specific processes in your app, and are a vital part of cloud development. With DevOps, it’s easy to implement and use microservices in your cloud application.
Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
DevOps approach makes it easy to view your cloud application as an Infrastructure as Code system. IaC approach to provisioning infrastructures is a key part of DevOps development.
DevOps and AWS
AWS is full of services and tools that are perfectly suitable for DevOps practices. AWS Services are great for DevOps because they are scalable, secure, fully-managed, and so much more. With AWS’ extensive partner network and seamless microservice integration, the possibilities for developing an application with the help of DevOps practices are almost endless.
As more and more companies strive to stay relevant in the ever-changing market, we have come to a point where it is almost impossible to keep up with your competitors while using outdated monolithic application development approaches. Without a doubt, DevOps and Cloud Development can be called one of the best combinations on the market to build an efficient application that can keep up with the modern world.
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