As software development teams struggle to maneuver through the various development hurdles, DevOps helps them to respond to the needs of the business in near real-time. By removing much of the latency that has existed around traditional software development for years, DevOps simplifies and speeds up the development process, allowing teams to get products to market quickly and easily. 

Now, imagine if DevOps was offered through the cloud. The centralized nature of cloud computing, along with the provision of continuous integration tools, can provide DevOps teams with a standard and centralized platform for coding, testing, and deploying software products. 

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How Cloud is changing the DevOps Game

As faster time-to-market becomes a requisite for competitive advantage, cloud options enable development teams to make use of continuous development, continuous testing, and continuous deployment tools, and bring products to the market sooner. 

The benefits of using DevOps in the cloud are also becoming clearer: 

• Because developers have access to a massive pool of resources and tools, they can provision resources as and when needed, and drive greater business agility

• Because the cloud overcomes the need for teams to invest heavily in on-premises technology, they can optimize cost structures

• Because data and resources can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, using any device, teams can plan, schedule, monitor and automate activities, and streamline maintenance

• Because the cloud provides a truckload of security tools, developers can ensure secure development and deployment of their products

• Because data is typically stored across various locations, it is backed up more frequently, causing minimal disruption to the development process


Why use DevOps on AWS

Given the many benefits of DevOps and cloud, Amazon Web Services or AWS provides a range of DevOps tools and services that help teams to more rapidly and reliably build and deliver products. 

By simplifying the process of resource provisioning and managing infrastructure, it helps in easily deploying code, automating the software release process, and continuously monitoring application and infrastructure performance. 

Using AWS for DevOps, developers can get started fast, easily scale up and down, set appropriate user permissions and policies, and choose from a range of third-party tools and services. 

DevOps tools and services from AWS

Given how complex software development is, AWS offers an exciting range of DevOps tools and services that allow teams to manage complex environments at scale and keep the development process under control.

CI / CD: 

For CI/CD, AWS provides a variety of AWS Developer Tools that allow developers to store and version the application's source code securely. 

• For rapid delivery of features and updates, the AWS CodePipeline tool helps to automatically build, test, and deploy code every time there is a change.

• To streamline the process of compiling, testing, and producing software that is ready to deploy, the AWS CodeBuild tool helps to produce multiple builds concurrently and drive faster deployment – without having to provision, manage, or scale servers. 

• To automate the code deployment process, the AWS CodeDeploy tool helps to deploy to any instance, release features quickly and avoid unnecessary downtime during application deployment. 

• To quicken the development process, you can use the AWS CodeStar tool and leverage the unified CI/CD interface to set up the entire continuous delivery toolchain in minutes. 


Microservices

AWS’ microservices-based tools allow teams to build and deploy software using a microservices architecture and easily adapt to new requirements. 

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) offers highly scalable, high-performance containers that allow you to run and scale containerized applications on AWS. 

AWS Lambda provides a microservices-based architecture to run code for any type of application – without having to worry about administration. 

Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

AWS’ IaC tools allow developers to provision, configure, and manage AWS infrastructure resources using code and templates, instead of physical hardware configuration tools. 

• Using AWS CloudFormation, you can use ready templates or create your own templates and easily manage a collection of related AWS resources. 

• With the AWS OpsWorks configuration management service, you can automate how servers are configured, deployed, and managed across your instances. 

• With the AWS Systems Manager, you can automatically collect software inventory, apply OS patches, create system images, and configure Windows and Linux operating systems. 

• Using the AWS Config tool, you can get access to the AWS resource inventory, and drive better development security and governance. 

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

The PaaS tool by AWS – AWS Elastic Beanstalk - is a great way to deploy web applications without having to provision or manage the infrastructure stack. All you need to do is simply upload your code and the tool will automatically handle the deployment – end to end. 

Monitoring and Logging

Considering the importance of monitoring application performance to detect bugs and issues, AWS offers a variety of monitoring tools for easy logging of records. 

Amazon CloudWatch, for instance, is great to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, as well as to set alarms. 

For teams looking to quickly analyze and debug applications, AWS X-Ray gives insight into how your application is performing and allows you to troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors.

For organizations who have their own set of DevOps tools, Amazon also provides the option of using your own legacy/existing DevOps tools on AWS. This means you can continue using your existing toolset while leveraging the numerous benefits that cloud offers.

Conclusion

In a bid to be more competitive, IT organizations must embrace modern tools and concepts to create better products. 

While DevOps has long been enabling development teams to enhance software development efficiency, when combined with the cloud, the speed with which they can innovate and drive enterprise agility is unimaginable. 

Regardless of what stage of DevOps maturity you are currently in, or what your cloud strategy is, driving DevOps on the cloud is the best way to enhance collaboration, streamline software delivery, and accelerate time-to-market. 

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