How DevOps as a Service Can Help Your Team Deploy At-Scale to the Cloud

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Mar 14, 2018

Learn how DevOps as a Service can help to shorten development windows and reduce the resources required to develop software

DevOps is a straightforward concept, but its execution can get complicated. Combine DevOps with the cloud, and organizations can quickly find themselves in a scenario where they need outside help to better manage their processes. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to DevOps as a general concept and discuss the growth of DevOps as a Service – which can help organizations scale their developments efforts in the cloud, even if they’re lacking in significant DevOps experience.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a software engineering mindset that aims to unify software development and operations teams within an organization. Many times, these different departments work in silos, which can cause issues. DevOps aims to integrate these two vital departments through automation and close monitoring of the entire development process. The goal is that by working closely together, development and operations teams can aim for more reliable releases, shorter development windows, and increased deployment frequency.

What is DevOps as a Service?

If you think of DevOps as a methodology, DevOps as a Service is the process of bringing in an outside company to audit your current development and operations procedures to find improvements through better integration, tools, and process optimization.

Organizations that are highly skilled in developing software can run into a series of bottlenecks when it comes to proper testing and deploying their software to the field. DevOps as a Service utilizes a third-party to streamline these deployments and better leverage automation tools available in the cloud.

Benefits of DevOps as a Service

Below are a few of the reasons more companies are looking at DevOps as a Service in lieu of rolling out in-house tools and procedures:

  • Automate development and operations procedures to the cloud – One of the primary benefits of moving to a DevOps as a Service model is that much of the development and operations processes that were previously completed in-house can be automated and performed in the cloud using virtual development tools.
  • Groups can focus on their core product, not the DevOps infrastructure – Maintaining an in-house set of servers dedicated to DevOps processes can be a full-time job on its own. With cloud-based DevOps tools, organizations can get back to focusing on developing the highest quality software instead of the infrastructure that supports it.
  • A single platform to coordinate releases between development and operations teams – By using a cloud platform to handle your DevOps needs, your entire organization can utilize one single platform to track all development and operations requests. This centralized communication ensures that all parties are kept informed of any changes related to the software development lifecycle.

DevOps as a Service tool from AWS

At CloudHesive, we’re a long-time AWS partner and can assist you in developing robust DevOps processes that leverage the power of cloud-based tools. Below are several of the tools we utilize:

AWS CodeBuild

AWS CodeBuild offers a fully-managed service for code compiling as well as automated quality control testing, producing software that’s ready to be deployed to the field. CodeBuild is also automatically scalable, so it can grow based on your needs. Customers will only pay for the milliseconds of computing time required to compile code and test software, which is a fraction of the cost required to build out the hardware to support an in-house development team.

AWS CodePipeline

AWS CodePipeline allows for the automation of all the tasks necessary to complete a delivery cycle each time any change is made in the code base. CodePipeline integrates with a wide array of third-party tools such as GitHub.

AWS CodeDeploy

Once a new build has made its way through CodePipeline, CodeDeploy is able to deliver the working package of software to every virtual instance based on preconfigured settings. CodeDeploy is code agnostic, which means it can easily work with legacy code that may be present in some of your existing applications.

Interested in learning more about DevOps as a Service

If your organization is interested in learning more about DevOps as a Service and how CloudHesive can help you tighten up your DevOps processes, feel free to reach out to our team today at 800-860-2040 or through our online contact form.

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