Advantages and Disadvantages of DevOps-as-a-Service
If a company wants immediate access to world-class DevOps capabilities, it can try to hire them internally or outsource the project to a dedicated team.
For the following reason, the latter is better.
DevOps generally refers to the integration of CI/CD pipelines into all phases of the software delivery process to ensure that the product is always ready to use and that improvements are constant, incremental and traceable.
How can this operational state be achieved?
First, combine the Dev and Ops departments to break down the segmented approach to tasks and responsibilities. This ends the practice of throwing code over the fence and leaving the next steps to someone else. When your devs and ops work close together and the KPIs for project success are the same for them, communication and collaboration will inevitably increase.
The goal of knowledge sharing is to allow the ops engineer to fix some minor bugs on the staging server and move the code into production, rather than returning it to the developers and QA.
Over time, cases of recurring bug fixes are analyzed and either converted into scripts that run automatically, or the code/infrastructure/workflows are improved to finally eliminate these bottlenecks. This paves the way to automation when developers are able to bring the new code into build, test and staging environments on their own without creating the tasks for Ops. On the other hand, Ops can create the deployment manifest for the dev to fill it with the necessary artifacts - allowing devs to create the required environments with a single command.
The DevOps team combines efforts to implement the continuous integration (CI) / continuous delivery (CD) pipelines to ensure uninterrupted product availability and incremental improvement. It must be remembered that the desired result is the sum of many small partial successes. If the routine tasks are automated, the team is an all-round capable unit of inspired professionals who share the same goals, the CI/CD processes are in place - then we can speak of a successful digital transformation and implementation of DevOps in your company.
However, this approach takes time and costs money and effort. Therefore, many companies choose to outsource this part of their IT operations to a trusted contractor who has already completed the transition to DevOps and is now ready to offer DevOps-as-a-Service. In this way, they can provide their expertise to deliver tailored cloud solutions, ensure a smooth cloud transition, monitor the IT infrastructure and provide intelligent alerts, etc. This allows customers to skip the lengthy process of training a team and immediately benefit from the advantages of the DevOps culture.
Advantages of DevOps-as-a-Service
For this reason, ordering DevOps-as-a-Service is a good choice:
- You get immediate access to experienced DevOps engineers who can bring their expertise to your project from day one.
- Your DevOps partner works on a variety of projects for several companies in different industries. This gives the teams invaluable R&D experience, so they can immediately tell which approaches and solutions work and which don't. This helps to save time and money while avoiding costly errors in your project.
- A dedicated DevOps team provides developer documentation and supports your internal IT department in mastering your new DevOps tools and systems. Once again, you need to learn from the mistakes of others rather than make your own.
Disadvantages of DevOps-as-a-Service
However, this approach is not a panacea for several reasons:
- Managing your IT infrastructure is one of the most resource-intensive areas of your business. Therefore, you need to hire a reliable partner to ensure the uninterrupted availability of your products/services.
- In order not to reduce the security due to outsourcing, a careful assessment is imperative to ensure the security of operations.
- Your internal IT department should have a certain level of skills and understanding of the integration between different software modules, cloud systems and custom DevOps solutions delivered by your DevOps partner. Otherwise the IT department will not be able to support the system in production.
- Therefore, some additional training will be required. The only remedy is a long-term partnership with a DevOps service provider so that they take over all aspects of your IT operations for you.
Concluding remarks on the move to DevOps-as-a-Service
In summary, outsourcing the DevOps operations to an IT partner allows the company to focus on core competencies and growth, thus providing added value to your customers. You don't have to worry about product development, maintenance, monitoring or backups - it will simply work.
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