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The benefits of DevOps for the modern data center

By John Gentry, CTO of Virtual Instruments

As business becomes more focused on technology and mobile, many companies are looking for ways to improve on the traditional Agile development methodology. Where Agile isn’t the strongest match for modern enterprise needs, implementing a DevOps approach provides a way for businesses to adapt to, keep up with and remain ahead of the quickening pace of digital business.

Recently, I spoke with CIO Dive about this topic. DevOps gives organizations the opportunity to increase revenue and customer acquisition, due to its ability to kick-start development and accelerate release cycles. To best leverage DevOps, companies have to adapt their approaches to reflect design, deployment and management of underlying infrastructure.

Capitalizing on a cultural shift

For some organizations, truly capitalizing on the DevOps model requires a complete cultural shift. In these cases, the strategy should consider things like hiring new employees or retraining existing ones, and implementing new tools. An internal audit can also be an important part of the equation, as it allows companies to identify internal control issues and flag compliance regulations before accelerating the time to market for new technologies.

Continuously improve IT

Critical infrastructure must be as nimble as the business it supports, which is moving faster on a daily basis.  Your IT infrastructure is just as a much of a moving target, as IT teams are increasingly moving workloads to the cloud, and IT outsourcing has become the norm for business functions such as CRM, help desk software, cloud storage and more. In this climate, IT teams must focus on how to  continuously improve IT and business capabilities. A DevOps approach can help companies implement, update and improve functions whenever the need arises, provided there is a complete understanding of the underlying infrastructure lifecycle.

In order to achieve what’s at the heart of DevOps, IT teams need to shift to a faster way to develop, test and deploy workloads and applications faster than traditional enterprises do. Moving from test and dev to production is no small feat, but leveraging infrastructure performance analytics will give you the insight you need to ultimately cut costs, assure performance, and improve IT efficiency.  By testing products against real-world simulated workloads, IT professionals have a completely transparent view into how workloads will perform under a variety of scenarios, easing the move to production environments.

Developing a framework for efficient solutions

The bottom line is that DevOps gives companies more control and better results from IT processes and systems. Instead of tying up money, resources and physical technology in solving problems, DevOps provides a framework for developing efficient solutions on budget – solutions that fit with agile business demands.

While lowercase-agile technology will likely be a requirement for businesses for a long time, uppercase-Agile doesn’t quite get the job done in the modern business landscape. That’s just one of the many reasons DevOps is becoming the choice for forward-looking organizations.

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