DevOps is a trendy term in the world of technology these days, particularly when it comes to software development. In this article, we’ll explain the meaning of DevOps, why companies are using it, and how Louisville Geek utilizes DevOps to benefit many of our existing clients.
So, without further ado, let’s get on with it.
What is Dev Ops?
The term “DevOps” was first conceived by Patrick Debois. It all started in 2007 when Debois was working as a system administrator consulting on a data center migration for the Belgium government. During this migration, Debois became increasingly frustrated by conflicts between developers and system administrators and decided to start considering potential solutions.
Fast forward to 2009, Debois, having missed out on the well documented O’Reilly Velocity 09 conference, decides to organize his own Velocity event on his home soil of Belgium.
But he needed a name for it.
He takes the first three letters of “development” and “operations,” added the word “days,” and initially called it DevOpsDays. Since then, they’ve dropped the “Days” and it’s now referred to as Dev Ops.
Simply put, DevOps is a mishmash of software development and operations. As the name suggests, it’s a blending of these two disciplines to accentuate communication, cooperation, and unity between the (conventionally) separate developer and IT operations teams.
Why Use DevOps?
Instead of seeing these two disciplines as silos who are responsible for their own tasks and don’t work together, the underlying theory behind DevOps is that it accepts the need for unison between the two. By mixing these groups into one department, DevOps allows organizations to deploy software more often, while at the same time upholding service constancy and increasing the pace required for more innovation.
In short, DevOps allows companies to:
- Reduce development queues from request to implementation (faster delivery of features)
- Less maintenance and more on digital improvement
- Less complexity to manage
- Improve communication and collaboration
- More stable operating conditions
How does Louisville Geek utilize DevOps?
As a technology firm, one of our greatest challenges is keeping up with the latest tools, technologies, and best practices to meet the challenges of today’s modern IT environments. We, along with our clients, are operating in a world of “here and now” so the demands have never been more critical. We’ve found that, by employing DevOps, we’re able to deliver new features and functions in a matter of days/weeks versus months/years.
We utilize DevOps to embrace a mix of mobile application development tools while (at the same time) using common collaboration and continuous integration tools. We also use DevOps to employee test automation which enables continuous delivery to foster continuous monitoring and analysis. Container orchestration provides us with the ability to run any type of application on any host without the need to worry about what language the code is written in or the underlying OS. Once we have a full-on platform for running containers, this allows our DevOps team to make more insightful decisions on what we run and how we run it.
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