What About Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is a technology which provides on-demand computing platforms to individuals, companies, and governments on a subscription basis. It permits establishments to move away from open capital expenditure to pay as you go model which helps in minimizing costs while allowing to rapidly grow computing resources as required.
Customers have access to a full-fledged virtual cluster of computers available all the time via the Internet. Certain examples of cloud computing stages are Azure, Amazon Web Service, and Google Cloud.
Companies big and small are acceptance of the cloud as it provides many advantages like flexibility, cost saving, agility, and simplicity. For example, about your company wants a windows server with 4GB RAM and 1TB disk size.
You can demand this from any cloud stage, and it would ready for you in minutes. Later on, you find out that the configuration you requested is not enough. No problem, a couple of snaps and a few minutes is all it takes to increase or decrease the volume.
It’s that simple!
And to top it all, companies get the wanted infrastructure without the usual difficulty of shortlisting, ordering, and maintaining it. Gone are the days when IT companies had to invest seriously in production as well as backup infrastructure.
How Are DevOps and Cloud Related?
As seen above, both DevOps and Cloud have their own profits, but when joint together they multiply each other’s strengths to create a more captivating proposing overall.
Clouds are designed and built in a way that allows them to take benefit of DevOps methods. The cloud provides tools for centralized placements and have DevOps services built into them.
For example, if there is a specific way using which DevOps team should collect the components and need to deliver, then the progressive automation tools available in the cloud can streamline that process and make it distinctly repeatable.
In fact, according to David Linthicum, Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting, DevOps is now speaking cloud development
How Can DevOps in the Cloud Improve the Application Development Phase?
DevOps and the cloud, when combined together, can meaningfully hasten the software development cycle. According to research conducted by CA Technologies in March 2017, companies employing DevOps in cloud reported 81% increase in software transfer performance.
As part of this study, 900 plus IT professionals across the globe were surveyed on how they were achieving success. The results were astonishing:
- Those who used DevOps alone reported a 52% increase in performance.
- Those who used Cloud alone reported a 53% improvement in performance.
- Those who used both DevOps and Cloud reported 81% improvement in performance – this lot was nicknamed “Delivery Disruptors.”
Apart from software delivery performance, these “Delivery Disruptors” also outdone others on probability, quality, and user experience.
Let us dive deeper to find out what are the aspects which result in such outstanding performance.
- Cloud-Centric Automation
Automation is the key for DevOps to be effective. Maximum cloud platforms provide progressive automation tools for DevOps processes such as constant development and continuous integration. Jenkins, CircleCI, GitLab, Travis CI are samples of such tools used for continuous integration. Such tools provide consistency, speed, and less human interaction, resultant in less errors.
- Centralized Platform
Cloud provides a normal and centralized platform to companies for testing, deployment, monitoring and operating the production workloads. Compared to the circulated nature of legacy systems, DevOps process is unified and smooth when used in a cloud environment.
- Scalable Infrastructure
Using cloud makes it easy to upscale or downscale infrastructure as and when required without spending a lot of time and money on systems. This scalability makes the DevOps very effective and saves time and money.
- Agile Development Environment
Cloud can deliver multiple staging and testing servers, so DevOps teams don’t have to wait for servers to become free and offered to continue their work. Using DevOps in the cloud inspires experimentation as builds are faster. DevOps teams can quickly provision the servers they want.
For example, Commonwealth Bank compact the provisioning of an Oracle database from three months to two minutes.
- Focus on Stability and Uptime
As cloud provider’s concentration on stability and uptime, they take care of all the maintenance and management of the platform. Instead of distressing about these subjects, IT companies can focus on product development resulting in better product performance, better user experience, and faster time-to-market.
DevOps methodology in the cloud progresses collaboration between teams, saves time and money, and makes the application development cycle more effective.
This, in turn, pointers to better product quality and user experience.