Every conversation about DevOps and cloud computing has to acknowledge one universal truth: while adopting one is good for business, adopting both in a way that they function with synergy is the distinguishing factor between organisations that are considered disrupters and leaders in the digitally transforming world we inhabit. According to a 2017 report by Freeform Dynamics based on a survey of over 900 IT professionals, while only 20 percent responders said that their company was using both cloud computing and DevOps to meet their software delivery objectives, they showed 81 percent better performance than the slow movers that were used as a baseline. Conversely, the company that used only DevOps or cloud computing, recorded a 52 and 53 percent increase in performance. It is clear, then, that the integrated adoption of DevOps and cloud can take companies on the fast track to software success.
There are several important benefits to such a combined approach:
Ease of automation
One of the most important aspects of infrastructure management, and a key factor that determines the success of a product by decreasing the time to market for a software is automations. With the help of cloud computing, processes can be automated faster, while at same time making it more efficient, error-free, and reliable. All of these make it possible for developers to deliver a performant, high-quality software in a shorter period of time.
Automation of IT processes goes a long way in modernising and optimising them, enabling better management of infrastructure. The IT processes that can be easily automated using cloud computing are provisioning, building, running test cases, compiling reports from the data collected from test results, etc.
When IT processes are automated with the use of cloud computing, they enable organisations to deploy the code faster. However, error-free and customised deployment requires the use of DevOps practices. With the help of the DevOps approach, businesses can solve their infrastructural issues by building custom logic and defining capabilities with the help of the latest and sophisticated tools.
One of the biggest benefits of cloud computing for DevOps teams is that cloud providers make it possible for all important tools required for a project in one centralised place in cloud form. Tools related to monitoring, backup, automation, or infrastructural services are all readily accessible to developers for use. Given the importance of these tools in ensuring the success of a software, DevOps practices can be used to monitor and track the latest versions of these tools, triggering custom alarms and alerts, so they can be optimised and used more effectively.
Replication of servers and environments for testing
Every cloud service provider offers some form of backup mechanism, in case of unexpected non-performance of the application. Despite the existence of a backup, in the absence of DevOps led automation, the servers will need to be launched manually to restore the backup. This can affect poor customer experience and loss of faith in the reliability of the business.
Cloud computing makes it easier for businesses to undertake load testing to gauge the stability and reliability of an application. Cloud computing also makes mobile automation testing (due to the growing number of mobile users) possible by replicating the software production environment using the sophisticated tools provided by cloud service providers. But without DevOps processes, replicating production environments for the purpose of testing can be a very complicated, error-prone process.