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DevOps technology overview

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The promise of DevOps

DevOps automates and speeds software delivery. It makes your process and your products more reliable. When you implement DevOps technologies and practice, you’ll provide value to your customers faster – in the form of new and innovative products, or enhancements to existing ones.

What is the definition of DevOps?

DevOps is a practice that unifies people, processes and technology across development and IT in five core practices: planning and tracking, development, build and test, delivery, and monitoring and operations. When practicing DevOps, development, IT operations, quality engineering and security teams work closely together – breaking down practices that were once siloed. Improved coordination and collaboration across these disciplines reduces the time between when a change has been committed to a system and when that change has been put into production. And, it ensures that standards for security and reliability are met as part of the process. The result: better products, delivered faster, to happier customers.

How do I practise a DevOps model?

Cross-discipline teams follow these phases of DevOps through their delivery pipeline to get products to market quickly.

Plan and track

Identify and track work using practices and processes such as Kanban boards and agile. When work is tracked visually, stakeholders have clear insight into the development team’s capacity and can better plan and prioritise tasks – and avoid fire drills.

Developing

Write code using modern version control systems such as Git to integrate continuously and safely to the master branch. When a feature has been completed, the developer will submit a pull request and once approved, changes will be merged to master and the old branch will be deleted.

Build and test

Checking in code to Git or another version control system kicks off an automated build process. The code is tested and validated, ensuring that bugs are caught early in development – when they’re fresh in the developer’s mind and less costly to fix. This process of automating build and test is called continuous integration (CI). A production-deployable artefact is the result of successful build and integration, enabling continuous delivery (CD) – the ability to deploy to production at any time.

Deploying

Once tested and validated, each change will be deployable to the production environment. Using continuous delivery practices, final deployment to production is a manually controlled business decision.

With continuous deployment, the entire process from code commit to production is automated. When your code is automatically deployed, your customers get access to new features as soon as they’re ready.

Monitor and operate

Once live in production, monitoring delivers information about your app’s performance and usage patterns. Achieve high availability by getting immediate, rich diagnostic data that your team can act on quickly. Mitigate issues for users and gather data to make informed business decisions about future development. And, with automated compliance policies using infrastructure as code and policy as code, you’ll ensure that the apps you deploy to production use desired-state configurations that align with security best practices.

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Start doing DevOps with Azure

Azure offers an end-to-end, automated solution for DevOps that includes integrated security and monitoring. Take a simple path to developing and operating your apps in the cloud. The developer experience of Azure DevOps integrates with the tools of your choice. If you’re a Java developer – great – Azure provides native integrations with Eclipse. If you build with Jenkins, use it to easily deploy directly to Azure. Bring your development, IT operations and quality engineering teams together to build, test, deploy, monitor and manage applications in the cloud. For apps and workloads with latency, regulatory or other custom requirements, Azure, combined with Azure Stack, provides a consistent hybrid DevOps experience. Use your skills, processes and tools in the environment in which your app needs to run.

Deliver continuous innovation

Simplify and speed cloud development

Spend less time building delivery pipelines and more time developing software. Use an end-to-end DevOps solution to develop and operate apps in the cloud – whether you’re enhancing an existing delivery pipeline or starting from scratch. Use Node.js or .NET, Azure DevOps or Jenkins. Azure is the simplest way to develop and operate applications in the cloud.

Increase reliability and repeatability

Spend less time managing infrastructure and security and more time developing innovative solutions. With Azure, you’ll deploy continuously with integrated, enterprise-grade security and monitoring. Take advantage of infrastructure as code tools such as Azure Resource Manager or Terraform – to create repeatable, reliable deployments that meet compliance standards.

Develop and deploy your way

Use the tools you want. An open, end-to-end DevOps process accommodates any toolchain, including open-source tools, across your entire workflow. Use Ansible, Docker, Kubernetes – or any other tools you love – with Azure.

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Continue using the open-source and third-party tools you love, within your pipeline. Or, take advantage of Azure DevOps to orchestrate and supplement your end-to-end DevOps toolchain.

Developing

Simplify the development experience through the native integrations of Azure with Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. If you’re a Java developer, take advantage of rich Azure experiences in third-party IDEs such as Eclipse and IntelliJ by using the Azure Toolkit.

Share code, build and ship software with unlimited Git repositories, and use agile work management with Azure DevOps. Provision environments in minutes for developers with DevTest Labs.

Build and test

Set up CI/CD pipelines and manage packages with Azure DevOps. Bring existing Jenkins builds and pipelines to Azure, and use dynamic agent plug-ins to reduce infrastructure requirements and costs.

Ship on time with high quality by using DevTest Labs to set up and manage your test environments. Build, test and ship iOS, macOS, Android and Windows apps faster and more confidently by automating their lifecycles Visual Studio App Center. Test on thousands of real devices, distribute to beta testers and app stores, and monitor usage with crash and analytics data.

Deploying

Infrastructure as code captures environment definitions as declarative code, such as JSON or YAML, for automated provisioning and configuration. Use Azure Resource Manager or Terraform to reliably provision duplicate environments. Azure Automation and tools such as Ansible, Chef or Puppet offer automation and configuration management.

Automate testing and delivery of your software in multiple environments, all the way to production with approval gates – with Azure DevOps Release Management. You can also deploy directly from your Jenkins pipelines to Virtual Machines, Web Apps or Azure Container Service.

Monitor and operate

Monitor infrastructure health and integrate into existing dashboards in Grafana, Kibana or the Azure portal with Azure Monitor. Quickly connect, collect and transform log data from multiple locations into insights and action with Log Analytics. Diagnose issues and optimise your application with Application Insights.

Ensure that your provisioned infrastructure and applications are in compliance with Azure Policy or Chef Automate. Used in combination with Security Center, you’ll limit threat exposure and find and remediate vulnerabilities quickly.

Get consistent DevOps across hybrid cloud

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing cloud capabilities to on-premises environments. Deliver Azure services from your data centre while balancing flexibility and control – for truly-consistent hybrid cloud deployments.

Use Team Foundation Server to get the same full suite of DevOps services and capabilities as Team Services – but with the ability to run these on-premises.

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