DevOps is all the rage in tech nowadays. People are talking about it. Tweeting about it. But more importantly, companies are embracing and implementing DevOps to fulfill the continuous demand to deliver new solutions to customers at even faster speeds. You hear a lot about what DevOps is and how DevOps works. But what happens when you get there? What happens to your business when you implement a new way of integration and delivery? What about your culture?
The advantages of DevOps are real and measurable. Companies that have adopted a DevOps strategy have a distinct advantage over competitors that simply have not kept up. Developers are now leading the charge in writing code that can create, store, manage, modify, protect, analyze, and reuse data at a scale that was previously considered unachievable — and all in real time. This ability to monitor and learn what’s happening in an environment allows for real-time intelligent decisions for you and your company.
But what does storage have to do with it?
As we’ve seen, DevOps is an increasingly popular methodology for integrating various teams that develop and deploy applications. Integrated teams work together to collectively accelerate the development, testing, delivery, and updates to applications. But why not adopt the same methodology for the teams that manage and deploy storage? Often, one team of admins is in charge of overseeing the updates for storage — testing to ensure new technologies will not interrupt operations. Once the updates have been given the green light, another team actually deploys them. In a DevOps mindset, one team would be responsible for test and deploy, working with development teams to fully actualize the potential of the infrastructure.
Ultimately, the advantages of DevOps are evident across all layers of the organization — it encourages more communication, collaboration, and integration between software development an IT operations, helps IT more effectively serve the business, and allows the business to work seamlessly for its customers and employees.
According to the State of DevOps Report from Puppet Labs, high-performing IT organizations deploy 30x more frequently with 200x shorter lead times. The productivity increase from DevOps teams is astonishing, but what that means for your business is even greater.
There are three undeniable benefits of DevOps adoption for your business:
- Faster time to value – The most evident benefit of DevOps is a shortened development cycle which directly enables higher deployment rates. The speed at which your business can take an idea and turn that into value delivered to customers creates a genuine competitive advantage. Doing many small changes, very quickly, and without disrupting service to customers makes that a reality.
DevOps does more than allow you to deliver rapid value through more frequent deployments — DevOps also enables constant experimentation and innovation. By deploying 10x a day instead of once every six months, you create a culture of rampant innovation that sets the standard of excellence in the market rather than chasing it.
- Increased quality – By shortening the development cycle and deploying smaller changes more frequently, you reduce the potential for large deployment failures and the need to rollback major changes. This results in increased availability and improved defect detection with far less rework.
Successful implementation of DevOps assumes building quality into every part of the value stream so that defects are prevented from being passed to downstream work centers. By developing and testing simultaneously, you not only speed up the flow of the technology through the value stream, you accelerate and amplify the multi-directional feedback required to better anticipate failures and increase the quality of work — resulting in reduced customer churn.
- Increased organizational productivity – DevOps is fundamentally built on the idea of removing boundaries between the traditional silos of software development, quality assurance, and IT operations in order to provide continuous updates and added value to customers. Creating a new culture of collaboration and integration improves productivity and eliminates IT waste by enabling more effective handoffs, reducing unplanned work, and increasing value delivered.
Applying DevOps principles accelerates time to value, improves quality, and increases productivity for the business, but it also empowers IT teams to be the source of innovation and the advantageous outcomes that result.