DevOps and cloud: achieving true integration


In the current era of high-availability, virtualized environments, the DevOps methodology enables technology teams to adapt to the rapidly changing needs of agile software development processes. Encouraging a tight integration between systems and development teams gives developers deeper visibility into the deployment environment, while encouraging application-centric understanding in systems teams.

Modern software development lifecycles increasingly require automation to ensure a high development velocity. Agile methodologies have encouraged constant feedback and quick iteration cycles by increasingly leaning on automated tools to speed testing and deployment. Despite the obvious advantages, the need to monitor and maintain these tools is becoming a heavier burden for software teams.

Likewise, increased focus on high-availability public and private cloud infrastructure has led to a need for scriptable, repeatable deployments of self-healing server configurations. Scaling and redundancy expectations are increasingly common, and infrastructure engineers need to be able make informed decisions about operational needs and the performance…

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