DevOps: Can this really help the Ops guru?
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This goes out to all the Operations guys and gals. Have you been tasked with getting your IT organization to be more efficient, more effective..."more with less?" At the same time, your development teams are expected to delivery new applications at warp speed while you have specific service level agreements to meet governing the stability of your production environments. Speed.... stability.... seems diametrically opposed? If you haven’t heard of DevOps yet--the methodology of bringing development and operation teams together to collaborate, integrate and deliver more robust applications to the marketplace more efficiently and more effectively—its a cool new way of thinking and doing for all teams involved.
IBM has jumped into the deep-end of DevOps with the recent announcement of the SmartCloud Continuous Delivery beta. This solution will allow the integration of new and existing tools to automate and enhance the delivery pipeline of applications end-to-end. This post will hopefully give you some ideas on how you might be able to utilize DevOps to bring tangible changes to your IT organization..
First off, is your organization using cloud computing effectively today? Ops teams may already be utilizing some form of virtualization to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Aligning DevOps methodology, cloud can automate and reduce routine daily tasks and free up resources to focus on different innovation. Have a closer look how SmartCloud Continuous Delivery, in conjunction with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning, can help mobilize teams to move to DevOps.
Fact or Fiction?
I won't have to provision environments for development teams any more!
Fact - Ops can define the system patterns for developers to self-provision so they are no longer dependent on the Ops team. There will likely be times when Ops teams do want to provision environments that are needed but it doesn't have to be as often.
I will never be able to monitor all the virtual systems to validate they meet the security requirements of my company
Fiction - Patterns can be built based on the compliant virtual images that Ops maintains and tracks. Development can then self-provision these pre-defined patterns. Ops an update existing patterns and upgrade deployed VMs as required.
I can define network isolation and resource constraints to ensure the integrity of my cloud for my customers
Fact -The automated deployment scripts define the access level of authorized users and groups--these stored artifacts preserve the authorization specific users and groups are given allowing controlled multi-tenancy in a cloud.
The ability of developers to be able to standup their own environments is helpful but the consequence will be tons of stagnant VMs hanging around
Fiction - Build artifacts can be stored in the asset manager which tracks each state and age of the provisioned VMs. Policies are used to ensure VMs are maintained only as long as appropriate for a particular deployment (for example, personal deployment vs long test run deployment)
I hope this taste of Fact or Fiction gives you a sense of how DevOps can transform collaboration and effectiveness for both Development and Operations teams. The Enterprise DevOps Blog here will keep you up to date and provide additional information around DevOps. You can also test drive highly-scalable, low-touch cloud with a SmartCloud Provisioning no-charge trial.