The Software Fundamentals of an Effective DevOps Environment
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The rapid pace of change means that businesses are being forced to fundamentally redesign operations. The DevOps framework has emerged as the industry standard for building processes capable of rapid change.
Successful DevOps is a combination of people and technology deployed across the entire business. Behind the scenes, your data storage platforms provide the necessary infrastructure, but you’ll need the following tools to make DevOps achieve the full value of your efforts.
Copy data management
Manually updating development and test environments with key data is resource- and time-intensive. Copy data management software helps to automate that process by using virtual copies to reduce capacity consumption and ensure that all relevant data is available when required.
Data protection and disaster recovery
The principle of failing faster involves failing, which means that you also need to be able to recover as quickly as possible. Snapshots, cloning, and replication will all need to be deployed across your storage to ensure your data is protected at all times.
Monitoring and troubleshooting
The tools provided by your OEM will be crucial for monitoring the health of your storage arrays and allowing you to identify and rectify potential issues as quickly as possible. Alternatively (or in addition), partner with CDS for proactive remote monitoring and maintenance and allow our engineers to deploy fixes before your infrastructure performance is impacted.
Automation is a key aspect of DevOps, using intelligent technology to free up time and resources for reinvestment in strategic projects. In a production environment this will involve various tasks, such as the automated capture of snapshots and cloning of data as part of the standard workflow. The more tasks that can be automated, the better.
Beyond technology itself, successful DevOps is also heavily reliant on the use of third-party outsourcing wherever efficiency and cost gains can be made. One such area is through the use of third-party maintenance services from CDS that can relieve your operations team of the burden of time-consuming, low-level tasks.