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DevOps Introduction, Lifecycle, and Evolution

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DevOps is a culture, development, or practice that accentuates the joint effort and correspondence of both developers (Dev) and other Operations professionals (Ops), along with Quality Assurance (QA) representatives, while automating the procedure of software development and framework changes.

The definition of DevOps varies from person to person. For few, it is a standard or a method, while for others, it is an integrated culture in the IT world. In short, the need for the production of high-quality output in a short period with limited post-production errors gave birth to DevOps.

DevOps practices are being adopted at a rapid pace. Any business or organization that is going through or thinking about digital transformation will eventually work with a DevOps model. But, It all depends on ‘when’ that happens, rather than ‘if’ that happens. DevOps is going through its core development with new and improved tools, making it to the DevOps cloud verse now and then.

The typical DevOps workflow consists of processes:

  • Planning the next iteration of the product development
  • Building the code
  • Testing to the production environment
  • Integration of Dev and Ops
  • Deployment of operations
  • Operations and Monitoring software performance
  • Delivering product updates
  • Back to Integration and then final Product Delivery

DevOps and its complete process cycle ensure a reliable software development lifecycle. It manages the whole process with reduced risk, ensures faster deployment, strengthens the security aspect, stabilizes the work environment, and provides a significant improvement in product quality. With that automation, wherever required, leaves more room for innovation and cuts down on cycles that may be prone to errors due to human intervention.

DevOps is a fast-growing field, bridging the gap between software developers and operations, based on the principles of continuous development and deployment, automation of configuration management, inter-team collaboration & IT service agility, using modern tools such as Git, Docker, Jenkins, Puppet, and Nagios. DevOps career opportunities are thriving worldwide.

In a nutshell, DevOps is a set of practices or tools or a philosophy that:

  • Shortens the iteration cycle
  • Releases new functions
  • Increases collaboration between developers and operations

Read the complete article here to learn more about DevOps, processes, and best practices

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