The increasing reliance of the software delivery market on DevOps practices demonstrates that DevOps will continue to emerge as a standard practice for software development. Enabling the culture and practices that bring teams responsible for software engineering and operations to work closely as a unit, DevOps is helping businesses – both enterprises and startups – get to the forefront of software innovation. In fact, investing in DevOps is now, more than ever, a necessity for forward-thinking companies who aim to not only shorten the development and delivery time of software, but also successfully minimize the number of errors and bugs.
Having said that, here are some of the most prominent DevOps trends that organizations will continue to pursue in the coming years.
There is nothing called a ‘final product’ in the software development business. Both customers and end-users are constantly searching for new functionalities and features. Moreover, as the deployment environment continues changing, developers are encountering newer challenges in terms of software configuration management, bug fixing and solving errors in the production code.
Continuous delivery and DevOps, therefore, should complement one another to offer users the best results with minimum overhead. Jenkins is one of the most powerful tools that software developers are using to centralize engineering and operations. This tool offers developers the opportunity to make changes to the source code, which is located in a shared repository, as per users’ needs. The goal of continuous delivery with Jenkins is simpler to obtain, compared to other tools, such as BuildBot and Travis.
Continuous monitoring is another powerful trend that all software developing enterprises must adhere to, in order to develop a comprehensive understanding about the performance and availability of any application. The use of Nagios tool would surface more strongly in future to comply with the objective of constant monitoring. Owing to the reports produced by the tool, developers will be able quickly locate the source of an error and resolve it; thereby, leading to lowering of the development cost.
DevOps orchestration is the need of the hour as it leads to the consolidation of various tools, both open source (Kubernetes, Docker Swarm) and paid ones (AWS ECS, Google Containers, Microsoft Containers). Through DevOps orchestration, software engineers attain the goal of value-added management of resources and seamless cross-team sharing. Tool orchestration helps enterprises reduce the cost of software development by controlling the consumption of resources during the launch of multi-container packed application.
The 2016 DevOps Trends Report reveals demanding environments, usability, reducing production costs and offering customers more value are the key drivers that are likely to increase DevOps adoption at the enterprise level to over 80%, while the rise is estimated to be 70% in case of small and medium businesses.
Staying at the top of these trends will help businesses stay prepared for changes – some of which they may have never envisioned before.