When it comes to current industry development trends, DevOps and DevSecOps are two of the big buzzwords that many organizations focus on. It shouldn’t be difficult to understand why, as both approaches to development allow teams to better understand what goes on with their software in production and bring them more in tune with the end user, leading to better software—at least in theory.
What is DevOps, and why is it important?
DevOps is a cultural, philosophical, and technical change that brings development teams closer to the customer. It removes the physical boundaries between development teams and bigger IT Ops and support organizations and empowers these teams to take ownership of operating their software systems. Through this process, issues experienced can aid the team in better understanding how the software is used in production, hopefully leading to better software design and quality practices, as teams can take full accountability for the software they produce.
Companies are embracing this development approach, as it makes it easier to measure the full effectiveness of teams, provides a clear ROI, leads to smarter software design, and ultimately makes it easier to scale new teams while reducing overhead elsewhere. When teams learn to use DevOps effectively, the removal of silos and barriers across teams should also allow for the rapid delivery of code to production and increase teams’ abilities to deliver software.
What about the growing trend towards DevSecOps?
DevSecOps is not too different from the DevOps model except for the fact that it includes aspects of software security. It involves eliminating specialized security teams responsible for penetration testing and ensuring compliance and, instead, placing the emphasis on teams following secure coding practices, performing security scans, and, ultimately, taking accountability for the security of their software.
Issues with these approaches
The biggest problem with these development approaches is that they do not scale as well as intended, especially in growing organizations. As teams grow, write, and maintain more software, their ability to deliver new functionality in contrast to keeping existing code operational diminishes, and many teams can evolve from feature development teams to support teams whose sole responsibility becomes keeping the “lights on” for their many different services. This is exacerbated by the critical skills required to work at both development and operational levels, making teams more sensitive to attrition and further slowing teams down when these critical skills are no longer present.
This is why properly functioning IT Ops operations are fundamental, as having a centralized team with a specialized skill set for managing critical systems allows your development teams to still do what they do best: deliver innovative content to your clients.
What you can do about it
The challenge for many companies, though, is to prevent these IT Ops departments from becoming too big or single points of failure in ever-increasingly complex organizations. This is where a company like Snapt becomes so vital to the success of a business, as it not only allows for greater visibility and control across such a growing landscape of services but, critically, also proactively manages some of these decisions for you. Snapt does this by balancing the load and ensuring the availability of the different services, leaving your IT Ops team to focus on the more complicated problems that require their skills.
Working across all your cloud service providers and being able to tap into every node of the company, Snapt is able to centralize all the critical information needed by any IT Ops team into one place and allow them to access the information required to perform their tasks as best as possible. Snapt AI keeps all internal communication between every container on your network and makes critical load balancing and scaling decisions for you, managing load changes, failures, and security vulnerabilities so that your systems remain operational at all times.
If you are looking to bring the best out of your IT Ops team, it’s important to equip them with the tools that they need to provide this critical life support to your organization. Tools like Snapt’s Aria and Nova load balancers and application delivery controllers can drastically alter your company’s ability to ensure the reliable delivery of all services to production without the difficulties of scale or skills shortage.