DevOps: Key to the rewards of hybrid cloud

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Republished from Thoughts on Cloud

Hybrid Cloud for Dummies One of the most important potential benefits of hybrid cloud environments is the ability to put new business applications to work very quickly and keep them working effectively even as business requirements change.

I say “potential” because an organization’s ability to realize this benefit depends on having a high-performance cloud development platform in place to make it possible.

More specifically, success depends on having a DevOps platform in place. DevOps is about treating development (i.e., building an application) and operations (using and refining the application) as one thing instead of two.

DevOps in a hybrid cloud environment is the reference architecture for an integrated, end-to-end platform on which to build, run, deploy and manage applications. That end-to-end approach to applications in the cloud is exactly what’s needed to support the continuous development cycle that speeds applications to market and keeps organizations competitive.

In organizations moving to hybrid cloud, DevOps serves as a bridge between business interests eager to put new applications to work and IT operations responsible for ensuring that they’re secure and well managed. This is key because the cloud removes application development from the auspices of traditional on-premises IT operations (and the strict processes that govern there), and provides an entirely new arena for creating applications. It’s a great way to spin up new applications fast – but can risk security and IT control in the process.

At IBM, our Bluemix platform integrates business and IT interests in a DevOps architecture:

  • business planning
  • application development, testing, deployment and monitoring
  • customer feedback and optimization applications in response to the feedback.

This continuous feedback loop provides speed and the integration of management into that process, and enables the governance necessary for security and control.

Bluemix uses open architecture and open standards, making it possible to quickly and smoothly move applications from one cloud provider to another, or to move them between on-premises and cloud environments.

Our customers rely on Bluemix to handle the entire application lifecycle – from the beginning when they’re defining requirements, to deploying the application and responding to feedback. And because Bluemix is cloud-based, siloed teams around the world can work together to continuously refine their work. For example, when customer feedback makes it clear it’s time to add a new requirement, the change can be made and automatically updated everywhere.

To learn more about DevOps in the hybrid cloud, download your copy of the IBM limited-edition book Hybrid Cloud for Dummies. You’ll find it a useful guide to take along on your journey to hybrid cloud.

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