DevOps Automation Tools
DevOps is one technology trend that has really changed the way IT firms operate.
DevOps model appeared as a boon to those firms facing challenges with regard to faster deployment and in-time product release. More than as a technology, DevOps brought-in a new culture in functioning by bridging gaps between development and operations teams, which are key to any IT organization.
As the firms started realizing DevOps potential, the immediate challenge they had is with the implementation. Though they have multiple strategies, there still existed gaps in a
full-fledged DevOps implementation.
And, DevOps tools appeared as a solution! However, no single tool can be a one-stop solution to a full-fledged DevOps adoption and so, there are a wide variety of DevOps tools for every specific DevOps requirement.
DevOps tools facilitate ways for effective sharing and exchange of resources, information and technical know-how of the tasks between the development, operations and security teams for an effective product output.
Data Insights: DevOps Tools and Business Impact
Global DevOps Market Forecast (2017-23)
- USD 9.41 billion by 2023
- 18.7% CAGR
Expected CAGR of DevOps Tools market by 2023
Enterprises using Docker as container tool
GitHub repositories worldwide, as of 2018
Active Jenkins installations and users, globally
Enterprises estimated to use Application Release Automation by 2020
Fortune 100 companies use Puppet for application deployment
Estimated CAGR of Application Performance Monitoring tools market
Here, we will look into different types of DevOps tools that are playing a vital role in DevOps implementation. By functionality, DevOps tools can be basically divided into two different categories: Tools by Functionality and Tools by Requirement.
DevOps Tools by Functionality
Tools under this category can further be categorized into two: Manual and Automation.
Two key DevOps manual tool platforms that drew wide attention for their ease in facilitating DevOps implementation include Wikis and ChatOps.
Wikis: A key to any process is the management of information flow across the course of action. This factor holds utmost significance in IT processes wherein, the teams will be handling chunks of information across the process line. Here is where documenting of tasks appears as a serious challenge threatening the flow across the entire cycle around the DevOps teams. Here we see a variety of platforms based on Wiki functionality used as part of DevOps implementation:
A Snapshot of Organization Wiki Platforms
|MediaWiki||A free tool on which Wikipedia is built. Facilitates effective management of wide range of information types (languages, among others) with easy to insert and edit options using any database such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite or MySQL.|
|Confluence||A tightly-integrated paid tool that provides effective management of tasks through a well-managed ticketing functionality. One can create, edit, assign and track tasks through this tool. This tool includes on-premise self-hosted installations along with SaaS offering.|
|TikiWiki||A business-purpose wiki platform with forum, blog, wiki, calendar, among other features. It also has WYSIWYG (What You Say Is What You Get) editor making it easier to contribute and share information.|
|DokuWiki||A free tool for document management, wherein, you can save your document as a file rather than in a database. DokuWiki will be in a plain text format, allowing read and create options.|
|PmWiki||Similar to DokuWiki, but offers additional features such as increased access control and built-in mobile support with a lot of plugins to manage documentation requirements.|
ChatOps: ChatOps is another type of manual tool that majorly focuses on increasing collaboration through easy communication. ChatOps involves effective chatting systems that allow easy sharing of information through instant messaging options. Here are some of the popular chat platforms that work for enhanced collaboration between the DevOps teams:
|Microsoft Teams||A new chat platform with smooth integration that allows all functionalities offered by typical chat applications. Managing components and creation of external or internal groups are made easier and effective with Microsoft Teams.|
|HipChat||Available in free for a basic version and paid for further functionalities, this is a ticketing-based chat system that allows creation of groups for easier collaboration. One can create public or private rooms, exchange files and URLs, and also track tasks easily.|
|Slack||A platform popular for facilitating team conversations while also allowing creation of private or public channels. Available in both free and paid versions.|
|Internet Relay Chat (IRC)||IRC has been prevalent in the market since before the internet adoption. It’s an open-source platform still used across many sites.|
Days are gone where the manual operations were priority. Now, it’s the time for automation! To stay in line with the trend, there are also a good number of DevOps automation tools that can help you in effective software process. Here a few:
|Puppet||Available as free open source and paid versions, this go-to automation tool automates critical manual tasks and simplifies tasks by abstracting critical configuration details across different OS and technology platforms|
|Docker||Beneficial for Dev environments, Docker allows quicker deployment and one can create own images or modify the existing ones as per the needs. A Docker-Puppet integration helps build robust images using more than seven million lines of Puppet code.|
|Jenkins||Automating regular tasks, Jenkins enables CI/CD for any combination of coding language and source code repositories using a pipeline system. Allowing usual scripting process, Jenkins ensures a robust procedure of integrating the entire DevOps chain.|
|Infrastructure as Code|
|Terraform||An infrastructure provisioning tool that maintains the state of infrastructure using ‘state files’. Facilitates public and private cloud infrastructure provisioning.|
|Ansible||An agent-less configuration management and orchestration tool, where configuration modules defined as ‘Playbooks’. Written in YAML format, Playbooks are relatively easy to write compared to other related tools. Supports cloud provisioning.|
|Chef||A ruby-based configuration management tool that uses ‘Cookbooks’, where infrastructure is coded in Domain Specific Language with a limited programming.|
|Jenkins||Java-based CI tool for faster app delivery; requires association with a version control system such as GitHub; Pipeline-as-code functionality makes the CI/CD pipelines a complete code|
|Vagrant||Tool for configuring virtual machines for a developer environment; Contains plugins that support cloud provisioning, cloud management tools and Docker|
|Docker||Works on the concept of process-level virtualization, Docker creates isolated environments for container apps|
|Consul||An open source widely available tool mainly used for service discovery requirements; right fit to store and retrieve configurations in real time|
|Etcd||Another open source key value store used in Kubernetes to store the cluster operations and management state|
|Vault||An open source tool to store and retrieve confidential data that provides options to store secret key through encryption|
|Prometheus & Alert Manager||Prometheus is a lightweight open source monitoring system built for modern application monitoring; supports Linux servers and container monitoring. Alert Manager takes care of mechanism for monitoring metrics|
|New Relic||A SaaS-based app that supports monitoring of Php, Ruby, Java, NodeJS, among other applications; gives insights about real-time performance of running apps|
|Sensu||Another open source monitoring tool developed for cloud environments; easily deployable through chef and puppet|
|Datadog||Another SaaS-based application and server monitoring solution that helps monitor docker containers and other related applications|
DevOps Tools by Requirement
DevOps tools can be basically categorized into three types depending on specific requirements, which include: Measurement Tools and Tools for Continuous Delivery.
DevOps Tools for Measurement: By requirement, there are a number of DevOps tools that play a vital role in measuring and auditing processes, which are key to any IT organization. Here are two of the DevOps tools with a proven record in successful measurement factor that usually enhances information sharing and increased transparency across firms:
|Splunk||This is a powerful tool that has a significant role in monitoring and explore machine-generated data. Its specialty in indexing data of any type makes it unique among other DevOps tools besides its effective information-sharing mechanism.|
|Graphite||This tool is specialized in converting machine-generated data into graphical representations such as on-demand graphs. It renders chunks of available data into dashboards and graphs, which can further be deployed easily onto other applications or webpages.|
Tools for Continuous Delivery: Continuous delivery and continuous integration are two key aspects that are driving DevOps adoption across IT firms. Let’s take a closer look at a number of DevOps tools that are playing in this specific service offering:
|Jenkins||One of the most popular DevOps tools known for supporting continuous delivery offering through DevOps. As a continuous integration server and a continuous delivery hub, Jenkins tool offers hundreds of plugins that can help in build, deploy and automate the project of any kind. As a Jenkins advancement, the new Blue Ocean sub-project came up with a better way of options to run, build and analyze project pipelines.|
|Git||This tool enables version control of software projects and is more familiar among Linux users. It has a special advantage when it comes to sharing of master versions of application files to distributed teams. But, Git by itself doesn’t have a centralized repository.|
|GitHub||GitHub can be called as an extended feature to Git. Addressing the centralized repository gap in Git, GitHub appears as a solution for hosting Git repositories. Easing information sharing across teams through graphical representations, GitHub bridges key gaps between the teams making information exchange easier and effective. The public and private repositories are available in paid versions.|
|Gerrit||This is a web-based management solution for Git-run control system. Gerrit allows you manage code review and code repositories at a place. Gerrit is simply a web-based code review and repository management.|
|GoCD||Reliable and continuous integration form DevOps unique features, which means ensuring codes in short and reliable cycles. Here is where continuous integration plays a role and GoCD has a special place for that specific operation. This continuous integration tool offers complete visibility throughout the workflow. With Go, one can easily compare builds and go beyond that with dozens of easily-deployable plugins.|
|Mercurial||This is also similar to Git in its version-control feature. With an instant graphing tool, Mercurial is unique because of its distributed nature. Like Git, this tool has no dependence on a central repository.|
|Chef||A configuration-management tool for efficient web-scale IT operations. It uses the concept of ‘recipes’ for configuring databases, load balancing and web servers.|
|Ansible||Another powerful tool that offers the continuous delivery feature. With effective server and configuration management, this tool eases IT automation ending repetitive tasks and enabling faster deployments. Cloud provisioning, application deployment are among other key features of Ansible.|
|Kubernetes||This tool is a solution for age-old concerns related to server management, especially in updating and migrating servers. Kubernetes, an open-source tool, ensures a mechanism to deploy, maintain and gauge containerized applications. Limiting hardware resources usage, this tool offers application predictability.|
Tools That Can Fill Gaps
List is really non-exhaustive if one has to speak about the number of DevOps tools available in the market. Besides the aforementioned ones by functionality and a specific requirement, there are few other DevOps tools that are key to any organization opting DevOps services.
|Application Performance Management||This is key to DevOps adoption that actually stands out among other DevOps tools. This tool acts as a measuring point for applications and process improvement and is key for DevOps progress. This tool speaks about DevOps progress in the end-user perspective.|
|Monitoring||Monitoring is key to any organization as it grows. Busily engaged in automation and continuous delivery and integration, DevOps would definitely need integration of monitoring tools to assess the workflows, which could boost efficiency in deployment cycle, business process and overall software development.|
|End-User Experience Monitoring||Tools that measure the DevOps progress in terms of end-user experience is one key requirement that DevOps practitioners would require. So, are the DevOps end-user experience monitoring tools.|
|Analytics||Analytics is one important aspect that every organization is looking at to stay perfect. Along with continuous integration and deployment tools, DevOps would also continuous analytics tools to measure application activity in comparison with the business requirements. Continuous monitoring, tracking, and analytics could be the need of the hour for a full-fledged DevOps implementation.|
|DevSecOps||A new integration tool that addressed the security issues in DevOps|
Which DevOps Tools Suit Your Requirement?
Worried about choosing from widely-available options of open source and commercial tools? This usually needs some testing and experimentation. Don’t worry! We are here to guide you. All you have to do is prepare the check-list of your key requirements and tell us.
Our DevOps experts including planners and engineers will help you choose the appropriate ones that meet your project requirements and also assist you in the successful implementation
How DevOps Tools Benefit Your Business?
DevOps Tools make it easier by bringing in a new flow across SDLC. They take care of all key aspects of your DevOps environment, automating the process chain using Build, Test, Deploy and Release features.
Right DevOps Tools in place can help you with:
- Accelerated Development
- Enhanced Operational Efficiency
- Quicker Release
- Continuous Delivery
- Frequent Deployment
- Faster Recovery Time
- Increased Collaboration
- Faster Rate of Innovation
- Seamless Flow Across Value-Chain
Overall, 2018 has been noted as the promising year for DevOps and its tool market with many more companies realizing DevOps potential. As the rate of deployment increases, same will result in the rise of demand for best DevOps tools.
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