If 2017 was the “Year of DevOps,” then 2018 is shaping up to be the year that enterprises transition toward scaling DevOps across their entire organization.
The pressure to increase software delivery speed while improving quality is only mounting, and with the proliferation of container-based applications, growing compliance requirements, rapidly evolving security threats, and a slew of other issues, enterprises are really starting to see the limitations of using disparate DevOps tools to automate and standardize the end-to-end software delivery pipeline. What’s needed is an enterprise DevOps framework that addresses the requirements of large organizations trying to scale their DevOps initiatives across thousand of applications, diverse technologies, and many teams.
From overcoming the scaling limitations that arise with containers to addressing the security issues of moving software delivery to the cloud, we present a quick look at the blogs that really resonated with our readers during the first six months of this year.
Stay Out of the Rain, Episode 1: Meet the unexpected challenges you’ll face when moving to the cloud
The fact that more and more organizations are moving to cloud-based infrastructure is no secret, but the reality is that cloud adoption is growing even faster than predicted. At XebiaLabs, our customers are no different; they’re investing in public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions to reduce infrastructure costs and gain flexibility. And they’re telling us that moving to the cloud isn’t as simple as it sounds in strategy planning meetings.
When it’s time to really migrate applications, their teams run into a number of issues that threaten to slow down their cloud initiatives. “Stay Out of the Rain” is a series of essential insights for modern companies looking to release software faster and with higher quality, across ever-changing and complex environments.
Forward-thinking companies are investigating container technology as a way to deliver software faster. But most implementations and typical container tools focus primarily on the technology of creating and running containers. Now companies are challenged with how to run containers at scale and standardize and manage release processes across hundreds or thousands of applications.
As companies expand and scale their use of containers to deploy applications, they need a framework in place to provide mission-critical, enterprise-focused capabilities.
When many people think about DevOps transformations within an enterprise the first thing that comes to mind is a technology overhaul. It turns out one of the most challenging aspects of a successful DevOps transformation is changing how people work together within the organization. It’s about culture.
Keeping track of what’s happening in a complex software delivery process is not always easy. A complex delivery usually involves several teams that are responsible for releasing multiple applications, each with their own specific processes and requirements. For example, a single software delivery might require you to deploy many microservices in one shot.
Whatever the complexity, you need to be able to see everything in one over-arching view, so you can understand the dependencies between different parts of the delivery pipeline. The new Release Relationship View for XL Release provides the overview you need by visualizing release dependencies and providing a quick and easy way for you to take action on releases that are related to one another.
Regardless of which container platform you use, managing container configurations and deploying applications is no trivial matter… at least not when you’re dealing with more than a few. Whether you’re migrating existing projects to container platforms or building native applications, there are thousands of combinations of properties, application settings, and environment settings to manage. So maintaining the necessary scripts, although manageable initially, will grow to be all consuming.
Kubernetes has won the “container wars” for now, but even deploying onto this powerful platform at scale isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. Learn how the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform can simplify the use of Kubernetes across all your environments, whether cloud-based or on-premises.
Provisioning and configuration management tools are popular for infrastructure automation and configuration. These tools effectively manage infrastructure and other components using scripts, which initially seem simple. At scale, however, scripts are complex and labor intensive.
Application Release Automation (ARA) solutions are designed for a very different purpose: to automate the process of releasing your complete software packages and deploying them to different environments in the enterprise release pipeline, from development to testing to staging to production.
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