As the IT landscape evolves at a rapid pace, it’s important to keep end-user demands top of mind. Luckily, DevOps and cloud computing make this more manageable and cost effective. Before reading on, it may be helpful to have a quick refresher on what the DevOps model is and how companies employ it. Because end-user demands require increased network agility and flexibility, it’s critical to understand how the DevOps model and cloud computing interrelate and how they are crucial for delivering a seamless end-user experience.
DevOps-Focused Companies Benefit from Cloud Computing
DevOps-focused companies often use cloud computing to improve developer productivity and efficiency. The cloud inherently allows DevOps teams to work more quickly by providing more control over their own components. As this Forbes article put it, by utilizing cloud tools to automate the building, managing and provisioning through code, DevOps teams can eliminate human error and better establish repeatability. This level of automation, in turn, provides more control over the end-user experience because of this increased repeatability and more reliable development processes.
Faster to Market
Cloud technology and services go hand-in-hand with the flexibility of the DevOps model. A cloud-based architecture provides increased development flexibility and allows for DevOps teams to easily replicate processes. This means DevOps teams can get new products to market in shorter spans of time. By reducing the time to market, end users can come to rely on a company’s ability to seamlessly deploy new products or services.
Scalability is one of the major reasons companies decide to purchase cloud services in the first place. Cloud tools allow companies to increase capacity with a click of a button. When combined with DevOps, scalability becomes a crucial part of applications as they are developed. Having the flexibility of combining development and operations, while utilizing cloud tools throughout application development, companies can greatly reduce infrastructure spend.
Cloud computing’s critical role to the DevOps model can’t be emphasized enough. With advanced cloud computing tools and automation, the cloud helps companies streamline DevOps processes for improved efficiencies. Cloud tech and DevOps offer greater effectiveness during the development process, which can make digital transformations easier on a company.
It’s important for companies to make sure DevOps teams have the right guidelines about the proper protocol for using cloud services. Strategic oversight and management can help prevent the unnecessary burn of IT CapEx — a common result when DevOps team members jump straight into development. Having proper guardrails and leadership also prevents the costly practice of DevOps creating their own instances of cloud services, such as AWS, which might decrease time to market, but results in massive financial inefficiencies.
If you want to read more on how business needs for IT services are changing, read our recent blog post, “The Evolution and Impact of IT Service Demand.”