We are at a point in the software industry evolution where we have a million tools that are both open source and proprietary for various IT functions. There are plenty of tools be it for application development or operations. We have gone from the need for software tools to perform certain functions and sub-functions to the need to standardize, integrate and operate the large hoard of tools in cohesion.
A quick search on github for devops projects produced 39091 results. Stackify has listed the top 51 continuous integrations tools here – https://stackify.com/top-continuous-integration-tools/. You can find top 100 application and server monitoring tools here – https://haydenjames.io/50-top-server-monitoring-application-performance-monitoring-apm-solutions/. Top 51 log management tools can be found here – https://stackify.com/best-log-management-tools/. We can find similar list of top 50 tools for other IT operations and DevOps functions like config management, source version control, continuous delivery, deployment, environment provisioning.
The following are the challenges with most of these tools –
1. The tools require manual actions and hence are not fully automated.
2. The tools do not interact with each other.
There is considerable time and effort spent by operations teams on building and managing integration components to enable the cohesive functioning of these tools. Most of these integrations are implemented using scripting languages like shell, perl, python. Now there is a big repository of scripts to be version controlled, managed and executed. In many organizations these scripts contribute to a good percentage (20-30% in some cases) of the overall software code managed by the IT teams. Now you don’t just have code to be managed but the code (scripts) to deploy, operate and manage the code as well. There is considerable personnel bandwidth used up with change management, coordination and governance in addition to the creation and management of these scripts.
So what are the possible solutions and best practices here?
1. Use a standard scripting language
2. Automate as much of the integrations and interactions as possible
3. Keep a tight control and governance over the scripts
Well there is a best case scenario which is to get to a state of no scripts. How does this sound? An IT operations team with no in-house scripts to be built and managed. Is that even possible?
The answer is a resounding YES using Kaiburr. Kaiburr is an application orchestration platform which enables end to end DevOps. Product and technology teams can configure, deploy and monitor their applications (including infra, network and security layers) using Kaiburr’s easy to use UI.
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