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Open Hybrid Cloud: The ideal platform for DevOps Environments


DevOps is increasingly seen as a key component for the rapid and efficient development of software. Goal of DevOps is to bring together application development and IT operations in more detail. A suitable platform for developers to advance the DevOps concept, is an open hybrid cloud, with the time-to-market can be shortened significantly for new software and services.

The DevOps approach for the efficient deployment of software is becoming increasingly important. The term is composed of “Dev” for software development (Development) and “Ops” for the IT operations (Operations). “DevOps” thus stands for the alliance between software developers and IT operations to run faster and error free software create and to make them available. This collaborative approach is a response to the friction losses, which often arise in practice between application development and IT operations.

Efficient and Flexible

Traditionally, The development of enterprise applications in several phases and relatively slow; several versions on test environments eventually followed the deployment on a production platform. With the advent of cloud and blurring boundaries between software test environments and application platforms, the pressure has increased to the traditional development environments. DevOps applications can already be used (and tested) if they are not yet fully developed. “Dev” is thus “live” in many ways to the new.

DevOps teams can have an open hybrid cloud platform to work more efficiently and flexibly. An example is the highly competitive market of mobile operators. Here the providers continually offer new tariffs or services; thereby forcing them retighten the competitor or offer other enticing alternatives.

These short-term initiatives are more strategic than technical reasons in the rule; but it’s the engineers who must realize the promise of the marketing department. A “well-oiled” DevOps machine will implement such new ideas within 24 hours; in “traditional” development environments such a fast reaction would be unthinkable.

The pharmaceutical industry is benefiting from the advantages of a DevOps environment. The production processes in pharmaceutical companies must be consistent and repeatable and continuously checked to ensure that the company can respond quickly to new market conditions. An open hybrid cloud offers here a fully auditable environment without the mission-critical data at risk in production environments.

Since developers themselves have access to all necessary resources at DevOps via the cloud and all the operations for each team member are visible (transparency), cooperation improved significantly. Self-service is a basis of DevOps; so take advantage of the development team technical applications they already know and understand.

Open Hybrid Cloud: Benefits for DevOps

In times in which it is increasingly difficult to justify IT expenditures, provides an open hybrid cloud environment a chance to make investments in additional resources unnecessary. It provides users with all the necessary tools for coordination of projects and the exchange of information. Since team members share files over cloud data storage as well as create virtual machines (VMs), duplicate, and share, simplify and accelerate software testing and the quality assurance.

Red Hat outlines the characteristics of an Open Hybrid Cloud Hosting versus Closed Cloud.

Although public cloud services will gain in importance in future companies, there are still security concerns of mission-critical environments such as development or production systems. This combines an open hybrid cloud approach, the best of both worlds public and private cloud hosting solutions, as it offers both security and flexibility. Thus, the combination of DevOps and an open hybrid cloud is considered as a key to the company’s success.

An important advantage of the openness is flexibility. Users of OpenStack, an open software architecture for the operation of a cloud, get absolute transparency throughout the entire process. You can view the stack at any time and edit quickly and easily upgrade or, services should be cost-effective or feature-rich.

With the use of computing and storage resources from the cloud, it is important to maintain company policies and procedures. Integrated management functions as they provide open hybrid cloud solutions that are very helpful. They range from detailed reports on the use of the Services up to functions in areas such as monitoring, troubleshooting, operating system maintenance or system configuration.

As the developers move within the confines of a structured open hybrid cloud, they work more agile and faster than with traditional development methods.

When companies or individuals as needed to set up new systems and IT architectures within minutes, the time to build a software environment is considerably reduced. In conjunction with an automated DevOps process then companies will benefit from the scalability and flexibility of a hybrid cloud. Firms that the future provision will accelerate innovative software should take advantage of DevOps, agile development methods and the hybrid cloud to overcome the traditional barriers between development, software testing and IT operations.

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