DevOps Ecosystems

A Guide to Optimizing DevOps Ecosystems on the Cloud

Almost every tech companies are now aware that this is the age of DevOps; evident from the widespread

Almost every tech companies are now aware that this is the age of DevOps; evident from the widespread adoption of the methodology to improve business productivity, resiliency and scalability. The most popular cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure offer services to optimize DevOps environments of organizations in more ways than one. Today, organizations can choose the right set of cloud services that grant them the benefits of a public cloud infrastructure to meet their business goals or, in some cases, exceed them.

But obviously such services won’t fit all kinds of companies or all apps used by an organization. But there are ways to optimize DevOps ecosystems on the cloud. And this blog will explore the benefits and limitations associated with this optimization on AWS infrastructure.

AWS & DevOps

AWS makes it very easy to set up services; simply by starting an account. The tech giant has formed partnerships with hundreds of service providers over the years to offer users access to a number of useful tools – Slack for collaboration, GitHub for version management, Splunk for data visualization etc.

With AWS, application development, testing and maintenance of applications are much easier. The service also comes with impressive data storage capabilities. In a nutshell, an organization can start with a fully developed, optimized infrastructure. The pay-as-you-go pricing model is the cherry on top.

What makes AWS DevOps different

Despite all its vast benefits, there are still many companies that don’t use AWS for DevOps. This is primarily attributed to the fact that AWS offers a public cloud environment with access to a plethora of tools. Because many off-the-shelf solutions are available, many companies opt for custom solutions that they can develop and run themselves while many other companies are simply reluctant due to their concerns on running DevOps in a public cloud infrastructure.

Here are a few of those concerns.

  • Security – AWS offers reliable security particularly for your organization’s data – giving you control over who uses that data and how they use it. But many companies often have their own policies regarding the maintenance of sensitive data which simply doesn’t fit with AWS.
  • Customization – Developing software themselves allows companies to customize it anyway they like to meet their needs. Essentially, they can build apps that fit their business processes instead of changing their business processes to fit their tools.
  • Training – Many companies opt to invest in training their team for third-party apps instead of investing in developing and maintaining a custom solution.

Solution?

A hybrid one, of course.

One that has the best of both worlds – lying in between running a bespoke software solution and consuming the benefits of the public cloud.

For example, an organization can invest in a private cloud where they can run managed software essentially giving them more control over both data storage and security. But they will have to manage the cloud infrastructure themselves. And the customizability would be limited unlike with a custom solution.

AWS allows an organization to run their custom codes along with their services while using their cloud infrastructure. A one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t exist, and it isn’t possible to deploy and host everything on AWS. But for an organization that wants to leverage DevOps, AWS can be a great asset providing security, scalability and customizability within a reasonable budget.

Get in touch with the experts at AOT to implement DevOps today.

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