DevOps is a set of practices that combines software development and information-technology operations, which aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. It works to automate the processes between software development and IT teams to build, test, and release software much faster and more reliably. The best DevOps processes usually extend beyond development and operations. Doing this incorporates sections from all applications into the software development life cycle, including infrastructure engineering, security, compliance, governance, risk management, end-users, and customers.
What is the DevOps Life cycle?
DevOps is the relationship between development and operations. The process is practiced by the development team and operational engineers from beginning to the final stage of the product. Understanding DevOps is not complete without understanding the DevOps lifecycle phases. The continuous DevOps lifecycle includes seven phases:
- Continuous Development
- Continuous Integration
- Continuous Testing
- Continuous Monitoring
- Continuous Feedback
- Continuous Deployment
- Continuous Operations
A lot can be achieved with the right implementation of DevOps lifecycle. DevOps is an excellent way of carrying out application development that significantly improves the application performance for business and allows end-users to directly contribute to the application development process by sharing relevant feedback from the operational phase. It also will enable organizations to serve their customers better and compete more strongly in the market. DevOps can be defined as an alignment of development and IT operations with better communication and collaboration. But how can we step up our DevOps game?
1. Incorporate Testing Throughout Entire Development Process – Rather than just completing continuous testing as one step, integrating testing across each system in your DevOps workflow will increase software quality. Continuous testing involves testing a software application beginning in its early stages and automating testing throughout the development lifecycle. This helps the team examine the quality of the product at every stage of the continuous delivery process.
2. Effective Measurement and Monitoring – A critical and often overlooked step in DevOps transformation is measurement. Implementing and measuring the success of the best practices in DevOps is crucial if you wish to make your automation cycle faster over time. Consider keeping track of the deployment frequency, change lead time, and the rate of security tests passes in your organization to stay on top of your DevOps transformation.
3. Focus On Security – Most people don’t think about security when it comes to DevOps, but the process involves many vulnerabilities. Data is left unencrypted in many cases. Role-based security is often tossed out the window to allow for faster production. In order for continuous applications to provide the right level of security, the security approaches and technologies must be in line with the applications and their data.
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