Accelerating Software Delivery with DevOps and AWS

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AWS is offering a suite of DevOps services. Here’s how it can add even more benefits for overworked developers.

Technology is moving forward faster and faster. Innovation builds on innovation and the development curve gets steeper all the time. In a relatively short period, DevOps has revolutionized the work of developers but no sooner does one update come along that something else arrives to further change the landscape. AWS seeks to address some of this by adding a range of DevOps services to their offering. The result is something which saves developers time and expands the scope of what they can do.

Cloud services have already dramatically increased the ability of businesses to manage all sorts of processes. They’ve increased data handling capacity, managed costs and introduced managers to a world of fast, seamless automation and dramatically improved what businesses can do and how far they can reach. AWS allows enterprises to harness the existing power of the cloud to match the progress DevOps has already made in improving speed and reliability. As such, it amplifies almost everything DevOps does. Here are some of the key benefits.

Automation

DevOps revolves around automation and the cloud can take things a step further. Using the power of the cloud, AWS lets you build faster and more efficiently. It significantly reduces the time developers will need to spend on tasks. This allows you to automate time-consuming manual tasks including deployments and test workflows, configuration and container management. Developers will spend less time producing scripts or creating reports freeing them up for other tasks. In addition to accelerating all processes, it also improves accuracy, consistency, and reliability. It removes the vulnerable human element of operations and delivers consistent, repeatable quality.

Collaboration

The days in which different departments would be slow to communicate with each other are over. Because everything is handled on the cloud, collaboration is easy, seamless and almost instant. Unified collaboration has been a key part of DevOps offering from the very start but the Cloud provides enhanced operational capacity to truly deliver a fully collaborative DevOps approach.

Scale and capacity

One of the major benefits of the cloud is its ability to scale up operations. Moving things onto a reliable cloud provider, such as AWS, increases capacity and allows developers to extend their reach. You can choose to either work on a single instance or scale up through multiple different services. AWS also benefits from a large partner ecosystem in which you can use a third party, high performance, end-to-end system.

Ongoing support and managed services

You needn’t worry as much about setting up and putting services into place. AWS manages all this for you leaving you to focus on your core product. AWS also delivers a flexible pay as you go structure which means you only pay for the services you use for as long as you are using them.

Updating services

AWS delivers a safe and secure platform in which updates can be introduced and deployed quickly. It provides automated testing, continuous delivery, and superior infrastructure. Using the AWS security and access management services, you can manage permission policies and maintain complete control over who has access to which parts of the system.  

Combination services

Other AWS services can be used to enhance DevOps in various ways.

These include:

  • AWS EC2: Adds security and management features to your DevOps processes.
  • AWS Cloud Watch: A monitoring tool which allows you to track every AWS resource. This makes it much easier to use and manage third-party tools.
  • AWS cloud pipeline: A useful feature which makes it easier to manage continuous integration and delivery tools. It allows you to bring in tools such as CodeDeploy and Jenkins so that you can view and control the flow of the app from one end to the other.
  • AWS Code Pipeline: Builds, tests and deploys code every time there is a code change. This helps you deliver and deploy updates more quickly.
  • AWS Code Build: Runs source code, compiles tests and runs software packages which are ready to go. It continually processes multiple builds simultaneously ensuring they are not stuck in a queue.
  • AWS Code Deploy: Automates code deployments in any instance making easier for you to release new features. It also avoids downtime during the deployment of applications and makes it easier to update applications.  
  • AWS Codestar: Provides a unified user interface helping you to manage your software development activities in one place. This helps you set up your entire continuous delivering toolchain in just a few minutes and allows you to start releasing code faster.

 

Whatever service you decide to use, they will be highly programmable. Everything can be used via the AWS Command Line Interface. You can also provision AWS resources and your entire AWS CloudFormation templates.

The key issue here is speed. Not only does new technology create opportunities for businesses to improve the speed and quality of their services but the evolving market increases the need. Customers are increasingly demanding and services are more time sensitive. With other companies adopting faster and more responsive services the heat is on to ensure new developments reach the market quickly and in an operational condition.

All in all, this is an exciting solution which can extend the performance of all your services. DevOps and the cloud both revolve around automation and delivering increased efficiency. Unsurprisingly perhaps, when the two come together, it creates a powerful tool. In short, if you’re already benefiting from DevOps, AWS simply increases those benefits.

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Market Research Team, RapidValue

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