How to Choose the Right DevOps Tools

How to choose the Right DevOps Tools

25Jul
2017

The term DevOps stands for development and operations.  It is basically a software development as well as a delivery process that signifies communication and alliance between software development and operations professionals. DevOps is a tool that helps in the process of software integration, its testing and deployment and implementing the change in the infrastructure by building testing and releasing software fastidiously and more reliably and due to this people are looking for software development companies specializes in software development using DevOps tools, flows and technologies.

Following is the checklist to keep in mind while choosing the right DevOps tools.

Step 1: Collaboration

Collaboration is the key for DevOps development, testing, and deployment. It means that a unique strategy that includes DevOps should be put into effect immediately. A common tools strategy is just the tip of the iceberg, picking a common share strategy agreed by all helps in reflecting one's business objectives.  A common motive of DevOps is to provide flawless Collaboration and integration of the tools.

Step 2: Use tools to capture every request

No changes should be implemented outside the DevOps process. All types of requests for any changes in the software or any new additions to the software should be captured by the DevOps. It provides automation to the system to accept requests for change that may inflow from both the sides either the business or the DevOps team. For instance, making changes to the software to facilitate a request to improve the access to the database.

  Step 3: Usage of Agile Kanban project management

Kanban software is a framework of the agile development that enables teams and professionals to match the amount of work capacity that team has attained. It ensures pliable planning options for the teams helping them to gain faster output, achieve clear focus, and maintain transparency through the stage of developments.

Step 4: Usage of tools to log metrics

One should always opt for the tools that help in understanding the productivity of the DevOps processes both in automated and in manual processes. From this one can determine if it is working in the favor or not. First decide which metrics are more relevant to the DevOps processes, like speed to effective action vs. errors occurred. Secondly, use an automated process to rectify issues without the help of a human controller. For instance, dealing with problems related to scaling of software automatically on digital cloud podium.

Step 5: Implementation

Automated testing is just a minor part of automated testing. Test automation is an ability to implement code and data and the solution thus obtained to ensure its high quality. A continuous series of test is must do with DevOps.

Step 6: Acceptance tests

It is necessary to perform Acceptance tests as they help in a deployment of each part thereby acceptance of the infrastructure. The testing process should also define the degree of acceptance tests that are to be a part of apps, data and test suite. A good amount of time must be spent in testing and retesting of DevOps and define acceptance tests to ensure that the tests are in sync with the criteria selected. As applications evolve over time, new instructions are fed and again the testing should be done.

Step 7: Continuous feedback

Feedback is of utmost importance to spot gaps and inefficiencies’ in the app.  Feedback loops are of great help for automated conversation among the tests. The right tool should be able to spot any issue using manual or automated mechanisms. A collaborative approach towards solving the problem should be adopted for achieving impeccable results.

DevOps tools

The DevOps tool categories include the following:

•    Version control: it is a set a set of apps that track any type of changes made in a set of files in the due course of time. It tracks software both manually and automatically. AS compared to early version control system, the modern Version control uses distributed storage using either one master server (subversion) or a web of distributed servers (git or mercurial). Version control systems keep track of dependencies present in the version, for instance, type, brand, and database.

•    Building and deployment: It is a set of Tools that automate the building and deployment of software throughout the DevOps process, including continuous development and continuous integration.

•    Functional and non-functional testing: It is a set of tools that provide an automated testing in both the functional and nonfunctional aspects of a DevOps. A set of testing tools should provide an integrated unit, check performance updates, and security of the app. The sole motive of these testing is to check the whole automation system.

•    Provisioning: The tools that help in creating provisions podium required for deployment of the software, and monitor the functions along with logging any changes that might occur to the configuration of the data or software. It helps in getting the system back in the state of equilibrium.

Must Have DevOps tools

Jenkins:  Jenkins a leader in DevOps tool for monitoring and implementation for repeated jobs. It allows DevOps teams to merge changes with ease and access outputs for a quick identification of problems.

SolarWinds: It is a DevOps that offers real time correlation and remediation. Their Log & Event Manager software offers best troubleshooting, security solution and fixes, as well as data compliance.

Vagrant: It is HashiCorp software that specifically helps DevOps teams to generate and format lightweight, reproducible and portable development features. It is a no complication setup that focuses on automation.

PagerDuty: A DevOps tool that helps in protection of brand reputation and customer experiences by gaining visibility into analytical systems and applications. It quickly detects and resolves incidents thereby delivering high performing apps and excellent customer experience.

Prometheus: Prometheus is a popular DevOps with teams that use Grafana as the framework. It is an open-source service monitoring system with flexible query language for slicing time series data for the generation of alerts, tables and graphs. It supports more than 10 languages and easy to execute custom libraries.

GitHub:  It was created almost a decade ago to facilitate SCM(Source Control Management) software for Linux Community. It is the most common SCM tool available extensively. It has great pull request features and has plug-in that allows it to connect with Jenkins to facilitate integration.

Monit: It is a simple watchdog tool that ensures that the given process is running appropriately on the software. It is easy to setup and configure for multiservice architecture 

Conclusion: 

No wonder, selecting the right tools for DevOps is an arduous task along with the complexity of the new tools that are relatively new for most of the development shops. However, if one follows the above-mentioned Checklist, one should be easily able to sail through the DevOps creating a foolproof system.

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