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DevOps Cloud Integration: Here's What You Need to Know

by Marisa Vesel, on Sep 9, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Companies looking to integrate cloud technologies and DevOps face significant challenges. Whether they take the route of a cloud/On-prem storage hybrid or opt for a cloud-only setup, the change is expensive, complicated, and potentially disruptive.

Companies should be aware of the reasons for migrating so they can make an informed decision. They should also prepare accordingly for the problems and challenges that lie ahead.

Below is a top-level overview of some of the key things organizations should take into account when considering a DevOPs cloud integration. In addition, we provide some advice about what to expect and how to properly begin preparing for success.

Why Use the Cloud with DevOps?

There are several reasons that organizations should integrate the cloud with DevOps.

First off, utilizing the cloud results in decreased costs versus using on-prem technologies. On-prem technologies require organizations to purchase separate hardware and software in order to stay up-to-date. Additionally there is the need for data back assurance and a workforce that can maintain the server room. When using the cloud, software is kept up-to-date automatically, and there is no need to install software updates or batches. Additionally, storage on the cloud is backed up daily, saving the organization time and money.

Secondly, eliminating the need to purchase additional software and hardware eliminates slowdowns in the Agile process. There is no need to install new software and hardware, a time-consuming process that decreases productivity.

Thirdly, all resources are stored and accessible within the cloud. You can obtain resources on demand across geographically diverse organizations. This increases the ability for collaboration and communication across offices.

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What are the Barriers to Using DevOps with the Cloud?

Of course, as with any integration, there are barriers to be aware of when using DevOps with the cloud.

Integrating Automation into Complex Systems

First off, DevOps/cloud system integrations can cause problems. In DevOps, automation creates a way for organizations to develop and deploy their applications faster. In addition, automating processes fosters speed, greater accuracy, consistency, and reliability. These are all great benefits.

However, problems can arise when trying to automate a complex existing process. It may seem tempting to automate all existing steps of a workflow, but this can lead to problems of over-automation. Over-automation can lead to conflicts and confusion between newly automated tasks.

When choosing which aspects of a workflow to automate, organizations should perform a full audit on their software delivery lifecycle. Rather than starting with slow or manual processes, organizations should scale exiting automated processes. Implement end-to-end automation on one workflow at a time in order to remove the weakest links in a process without creating disruption in the workflow.

diagram showing the software development lifecycle

Lack of Confidence in Successfully Managing DevOps in the Cloud

In a survey conducted by the Ponemon Insitute, 67% of business and IT execs rated their organizations ineffective at managing cloud management risks. The majority of execs also expressed concern about tracking digital and virtual assets, a lack of visibility in the purpose or ownership of virtual machines in the cloud and the introduction of governance and compliance controls into the environment. Despite 74% of executives wanting DevOps cloud integration, these concerns delay adoption.

Cultural Barriers

A variety of cultural barriers affect the success of DevOps cloud integration. While automating is a huge part of DevOps, DevOps is above all a cultural change. In order to get everyone on board with automating processes and integrating with the cloud, collaboration must exist between Development, Security, and Operations teams. Collaboration and increased communication removes silos of institutional silos; increasing visibility within the workplace ensures everyone is on the same page.

Finally, organizational culture needs to embrace innovation and update processes rather than continue on with already exists. Being open to innovation will help keep organizations competitive within their industries.

Moving to Cloud Storage DevOps

There are several pros and cons to both cloud storage and on-prem storage. If your organization does not want to fully commit to one type of storage, consider utilizing a hybrid cloud/on-prem model. Hybrid storage can help organizations protect their previous infrastructure investments. In addition, hybrid storage can help extend on-prem storage equipment investments, improve disaster recovery and business continuity, and simplify operations to allow IT personnel to spend more time on new projects.

Additionally, many cloud vendors exist in the marketplace; organizations don’t need to tie themselves to a single cloud vendor. A multi-cloud strategy can help prevent data loss or downtime due to a localized component failure in the cloud. While this can add some complexity to the organizations DevOps/Cloud environment, there are several cloud management platforms available to help organizations effectively implement a multi-cloud strategy.

diagram depicting a multi-cloud strategy

Finally, before migrating workflows to the Cloud, it is important to model your workflows first. This helps ensure automated, safe, and predictable deployment environments that best meet business needs.

Cloud Integration for DevOps

Cloud adoption continues to increase. Organizations need to evaluate what level of integration makes sense for them. However, no company can afford to ignore this evolving technology entirely.

If you are thinking about adoption but don’t know where to start, feel free to get in touch with us. Our DevOps tools maximize developer time, minimize release risk, and empower stakeholders to bring their vision to life faster. All with the people and technology you have right now.

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