5 Components of the DevOps Tool Chain
By Arijit Banerjee
Now that we all know what DevOps is and how it helps organizations, it’s time to look at the DevOps toolchain and the role it plays. This is a set of tools that support the development, deployment, and operations of a software product. The collective power of a good toolchain is much better than what these tool integrations can do individually. To make a holistic toolchain, these are the components that you should consider:
These tools will provide clarity to all involved right from stakeholders to the individuals in the team. Planning will help to reach the end goal with a better understanding of what each person’s contribution should be, dependency on other teams and more. Potential roadblocks are highlighted with the right planning tools. It also helps to keep track of requirements, business metrics, update and release metrics, timing and more. Examples – Clarizen and Asana.
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For large companies who have teams all across the globe, collaboration tools will help teams get together easier irrespective of time zones and more. These tools are designed so that time is saved overall and that knowledge is shared in the most efficient way possible. Examples – Slack, Campfire, etc.
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Tools that create
The creation phase includes coding, building and configuring during the development process. If you want to take a closer look at this process it will include – design and configuration of software, coding and performance, build and performance and lastly release candidate. Examples - GitLab, GitHub etc.
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The quality of a software can be ensured only if it’s verified. These tools help to keep the code’s quality high and that everything that goes into production is faultless. This consists of acceptance testing, regression testing, security analysis, performance and vulnerability as well configuration testing. Examples - Microsoft, IBM, etc.
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Packaging or prepod tools deal with what’s required just before deployment. It includes – approvals, package configuration, triggered releases and holding. Example – Nexus repository, Jfrog’s Artifactory, etc.
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Before a software can be deployed there are few activities that need to be taken care of. These include release coordination, deploying and promoting applications, fallbacks and recovery, and timed releases. Examples – VMWare, Inedo, etc.
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Once an app is deployed it is likely that additional IT infrastructure is needed. These activities include Infrastructure storage, database and network provisioning and configuring as well as application provision and configuration. Examples – Puppet, Salt, etc.
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Monitoring tools and issue tracking tools
Once an app or software is deployed the job is not done. It still needs to be monitored so that nothing goes wrong with the end users’ experience. To track these issues, it makes sense that everyone is logged into the same issue tracking tool. This will help unify internal tracking as well as customer related issues. Monitoring includes - performance of IT infrastructure, end-user feedback and production metrics and statistics. Examples – BigPanda, Jira, etc.
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Having these tools in your DevOps tool chain will help you as well as the organization go about the product lifecycle with ease. If you’d like to learn more about DevOps don’t miss out the opportunity to join Bootcamp Training, Work Integrated Learning Programs, Product Management Certification or even any IT Education and Training courses.