Managing a network is one thing. Managing a mixed network that includes on-premise and cloud servers, and servers running different operating systems, and virtual servers hosted on different virtualization platforms adds significant complexity.
But, what if it didn’t really matter? What if you could deploy servers, apps, and infrastructure regardless of platform using DevOps tools? I wrote about it in a recent blog post for DevOps.com:
IT is getting more complex. Managing on-premise servers, cloud servers, and hybrid environments that span various operating systems and standards creates challenges for IT admins. DevOps technologies and platforms, however, can be an equalizing force among the cloud chaos—making it easier for organizations to deploy servers and applications quickly and consistently regardless of platform or environment.
Once upon a time most organizations were fairly standardized. Servers were located on-premise in some sort of closet or data center, and IT admins knew exactly what operating system they were working with. Now, those servers may be physical or virtual, on-premise or in the cloud, Windows or Linux, Azure or Amazon, and in many cases IT admins are dealing with an infrastructure that amounts to an all-of-the-above approach.
As the name implies, the core of the DevOps movement is to remove the barriers between developers and operations. Many of the tools and technologies that comprise the DevOps movement, however, also have the added benefit of providing a consistent, modular approach to developing and deploying applications and infrastructure. Those technologies also reduce friction between on-premise and cloud environments, and allow organizations to streamline operations across different platforms and operating systems.
“One of the biggest reasons for the increased interest in DevOps tools and practices is because businesses have to move and iterate faster today than at any other time in history,” declared Tim Zonca, director of product marketing for Puppet Labs. “So IT teams are pursuing DevOps flows, where development and operations practices, systems, and tools work in lockstep.”
As IT infrastructures become more complex, DevOps becomes more crucial. Expansion of IT across physical, virtual, and cloud environments make even minor inconsistencies into critical issues as organizations grow, and brings additional burden to address those problems.
Read the complete post on DevOps.com: Equalizing IT infrastructure with DevOps.