AWS 101: What is DevOps?

By Amazon Web Services
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In a world of instant communication and one-day delivery, speed has become increasingly important for modern businesses. They need to provide products and services to their clients at high velocity to stay ahead of the competition. One of the solutions to this is DevOps. But what exactly does it entail?

In this post, we discuss DevOps, how it works and how an AWS partner can help.

What does DevOps mean?

In simple terms, DevOps is a combination of ‘development’ and ‘operations’. It refers to the practice of combining two key areas of business – namely, software development and IT operations.

Rather than having one team working on development and testing and another working on deployment and operations, companies will merge their staff, so they have one team working across the entire lifecycle of application or software.

The main goal is to streamline the process and speed things up. Applications can be produced and released faster, meaning businesses can adapt to customer needs more rapidly. However, by merging development and operations, businesses can also reduce costs, improve security and make their company more scalable.

AWS DevOps

Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps to facilitate DevOps with a range of tools and services to help companies manage their processes. This includes testing infrastructure, deploying code, automating updates and monitoring performance.

More specifically, AWS DevOps aims to help companies achieve six key practices:

  • Continuous integration – By merging code changes into a central repository, builds and tests can be run automatically. This makes it quicker to identify any bugs, improve software and release new updates.
  • Continuous delivery – Code changes can be built, tested and prepared for production automatically, allowing businesses to constantly deliver ready-to-use updates.
  • Microservices – Applications are built as a set of smaller, purpose-built microservices. Each runs independently, but communicates with other services through a programming interface.
  • Infrastructure as a code – By managing infrastructure as code, administrators can program at scale instead of manually setting up and updating different resources.
  • Monitoring and logging – This simply refers to the monitoring and logging of data which is generated by applications, to see how they affect the end user.
  • Communication and collaboration – Most importantly, AWS DevOps facilitates improved collaboration through information sharing, chat applications and project tracking systems.

Making DevOps accessible

The main benefit of AWS DevOps is that it makes DevOps accessible for all businesses. Automation programs are pre-built, allowing companies to automate manual processes like testing, deployment and configuration. They’re also scalable, so you can use them for any number of instances.

All services are purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis, with complete control over who can access your resources. Best of all, AWS has a large network of partners in place to assist businesses with DevOps, so you don’t need to invest in extensive training a development for your own staff.

Talk to an AWS DevOps Expert

If you’re looking for assistance with AWS DevOps for your company, Green Cloud Hosting can provide the perfect solution. We are AWS Partners, with a range of AWS DevOps services to help you optimise the way your development and operations teams collaborate.

Get in touch with our team today to discuss your company’s requirements and how we can help.

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