Enticed by promises of agility, cost-effectiveness and update efficiency, companies across the spectrum are embracing DevOps. Billed as the modern answer to fluid system improvement, DevOps is supposedly a smoother, faster and more cost effective software development tactic in contradistinction to the staggered waterfall or cascade approaches.
Emerging out of the agility movement in software culture, DevOps combines development and operations to form practices where services systems are built for resilience and scalability, allowing engineers to deliver updates continually. Infrastructure automation and continuous delivery are key tenets of the coding approach.
As any IT manager will know, integration of DevOps with legacy infrastructure is no mean feat and software creators will quickly find themselves in need of a toolkit for implementation.
There are countless tools on the web promising any DevOps project would fall flat without it. While many resources are freely available at no cost, the uninitiated developer is likely to be overwhelmed with options, losing precious time if deficient programmes are given pride of place. As ever, caution and some ground research is essential in order to save time down the river.
CBR has put together this rundown of the DevOps tools your organisation should be aware of for 2018, to provide an indication of some of the better-known options on the market. If a firm is going to run like a well-oiled machine, managers best check that the toolbox will fully equip developers for the ride.
Probably the best known of the build tools – and for good reason – Jenkins is a starting point for many DevOps project leaders to incorporate continuous integration (CI) into IT infrastructure.
Initially released in 2011, the open source automation server has grown from strength to strength, and, according to its own marketing, “can be used as a simple CI server or turned into the continuous delivery hub for any project”. A relatively recent Pipeline plugin means customers can implement their project’s entire build/test/deploy pipeline in a Jenkinsfile and store it alongside the code. This feature aids best practice of continuous delivery and therefore speeds deployment. Alternative tools to try are Solano Labs and Gradle.