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Making the cloud and a DevOps environment work

Merging DevOps with the cloud improves application development strategies. Learn how to create the perfect cloud and DevOps environment for efficient app development.

Sometimes, a good way to make the best of one tricky situation is to pair it with another. Enter the cloud and the DevOps environment. Although cloud computing has been around for what seems like forever, organizations still struggle to use it efficiently for application development. It can be hard to manage costs and deployments as well as extremely difficult to streamline the process. Ostensibly, DevOps -- the hot new development methodology -- couldn't really help things along since it too can be difficult to implement.

However, this handbook examines several advantages in bringing the cloud and a DevOps environment together. The cultural shifts inherent in DevOps, whereby a team truly works as a single unit, are exactly what can help in cloud deployments. Do DevOps correctly, and working in the cloud will no longer be such a stretch.

From the perspective of containers and the cloud in a DevOps environment, being smart about your container strategy can really make cloud deployments safe and secure. If your DevOps goal is a portable cloud, containers make the most sense.

For those organizations that want to maximize a cloud effort, the only way to get there is through a successful DevOps deployment. When CloudExpo 2016 attendees were asked what they believe to be the secret to cloud success, their answers overwhelmingly were a mix of Agile -- the forerunner to DevOps -- and DevOps itself. The bottom line: A DevOps environment forces companies to automate and clean up every step of the development process. Do that, and suddenly the cloud and DevOps seem easy.

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Other articles in this handbook:

A DevOps implementation plan for better cloud apps projects
Learn how DevOps tactics can improve and ease the pain of cloud application projects. Christine Parizo discusses how organizational groups need to come together for cloud apps. 

Aiming for portable cloud? Containers might be the answer
If portability is your goal in the cloud, there are options including virtual machines and containers. But which is the best? Expert Tom Nolle spells out the differences. 

At Cloud Expo, get the latest thoughts on DevOps and Agile
Everyone wants to be Agile and do DevOps, but, of course, it's harder than it seems. Find out what industry experts will be talking about at Cloud Expo.

This was last published in January 2017

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