#Cloud DevOps - An App Developer's New Best Friend
What is DevOps?
The proliferation of mobile and web applications has had a dramatic impact on how applications are developed, the internal platforms that support that development, and the organizational teams involved. Today's developers want real-time access to the latest computing and storage resources. At the same time, they need support for minor app updates. On the other hand, IT teams demand scalability, stability and reliability.
Because of this, enterprise organizations have placed more focus on creating new divisions to produce deep cross-departmental integration between IT support, QA, and development teams. These Development-Operations (DevOps) resources serve to help an organization quickly produce software products and services. In a broader sense, the DevOps approach is one that promotes better communication between the two teams.
Most DevOps teams face the same persistent challenge – the requirement to handle multiple deployments in a very short period of time. Some organizations, such as Flickr, boast that they can do up to 10 deployments per day, while others struggle with a single app deployment.
Evangelist at BizCloud and industry expert Vahid Razavi explains, "DevOps simplifies the complex release management process for an organization through standardization of all development environments. This largely improves efficiency and accelerates software development and deployment cycles." Companies that have application release and deployment challenges are looking at automation as a way to achieve greater flexibility in planning and managing the complete deployment process.
This is where DevOps comes in. "It is best if this automation is done in specific non-production platforms to give developers more control over the environment," Razavi continues. "But your options can be overwhelming, so we help companies and developers navigate the public cloud vendor landscape."
Choosing a Cloud App Development Platform
For developers or technology startups with limited resources and staff, one of the most effective ways to build their own DevOps team is by using a cloud sandbox platform. I met with one such provider last month at their monthly hackathon. Recently named one of the "20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors" by CRN, cloud development provider dotCloud offers software creators a range of services in the sandbox environment where they can develop and test new applications on a scalable environment.Continued on the next page