DevOps – The Art of the Possible

Aug 04, 2016
DavidArrowsmith

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More here on the brave new DevOps world we find ourselves in and some of the opportunities to get more out of your established practices and tools.

DevOps has transformed the development, testing, and release of software. With this human intervention has diminished and automation has increased. With the benefits come the challenges. Infrastructure and operations and application development and delivery teams are all are under pressure to increase delivery speed without compromising release quality. Fusing everything together – the people, the processes and the tools is high on the agenda of those we work with. Tracking the continuous DevOps borne changes to the ‘moving parts’ and infrastructure needs a new way of thinking.

DevOps, and new-school monitoring:

The rise of DevOps means that the time is ripe for a re-examination of monitoring. Why discover changes in the IT infrastructure after-the-fact when you can maintain a baseline and be notified of changes to the infrastructure as they happen? Old school monitoring of services through the auto-discovery “trawl” has been on its way out for a while now, and DevOps is hastening its demise.

Many readers will have most likely started using orchestration and provisioning tools in the past few years. Chef, Jenkins, Puppet or others. With these products open APIs can be taken advantage of to simultaneously update IT service dependency maps, Configuration Management Databases (CMDBs) as they provision systems. Service-aware and API-aware DevOps-ready monitoring brings the opportunity to perform real-time IT-to-business service health visualisation to identify problems along the way, and overcome the manual maintenance burden traditionally associated with keeping everything up to date.

The Interlink Software DevOps Engine:

Essentially this is the mechanism which bundles up and packages all the event management rules, logic, and automation to support new services and software as they come off the DevOps production line. In synch with new services being deployed we link to any change system in order to track, validate and audit them. These can then be treated as ‘standard changes’ (in the ITIL world) as they drop through the system.

No downtime on your system, no logging in to different GUIs. Overlaid across your existing environment and tools – rules based, pre-packaged processing, specific to your environment, seamlessly takes changes from development, to testing through to their deployment – all in one console.

Our Grant is working on a video designed to give you more food for thought on how to centrally manage and visualise all your DevOps efforts from the comfort of your Command Centre, on your mobile devices – wherever you might be. Look out for it. If you can’t wait REQUEST A DEMO HERE

 

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