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This article is part of the February 2012, Vol. 2 No. 1 issue of DevOps: Bringing order to the chaotic cloud
The increased adoption of public cloud services and agile programming methodologies has made it clear that improved cooperation between software developers and IT operatives is a necessity. These two groups have a radically divergent worldview: Developers want immediate access to new computing and storage resources, along with accommodation of frequent minor app updates. IT operations groups want stability and reliability; they worship the status quo of the data center’s networked resources and software. DevOps is the name of a nascent IT discipline that aims to bring order to this chaotic world of application/service development, testing, deployment, scaling and monitoring, as well as ensure software quality, security, availability, reliability and performance. Commissioning new server instances -- even virtual ones -- requires an Act of Congress. Sysadmins and QA teams treat new apps and updates like they carry the bubonic plague, erecting complicated change-management systems to protect what they believe is a brittle infrastructure. Such a mindset ... Access >>>
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