Top Five Tips for DevOps in the Cloud

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By Julia Haleniuk, in Containers / DevOps

At Grape Up, we define DevOps as an engineering culture which unifies software development and operations, from first designs through development to production. If followed correctly, DevOps bridges the gap between these two IT groups. DevOps engineers often work at the crossroads of coding, process re-engineering and communicating with others.
Cloud, without a doubt, is inseparable from the DevOps approach. As a philosophy built on mutual collaboration and streamlined development, DevOps can still pose many challenges to IT experts attempting to apply these practices to the cloud. We’ve put together this ultimate guide to help you avoid the top barriers.

Invest in Proper Cloud and DevOps Training

There are a number of technological obstacles that people new to DevOps must overcome – from fragmented toolsets to neglected test automation while focusing on CI/CD deployment. In addition to these, there are cultural differences specific to every company and challenges all IT teams must face and to which they must adapt. Companies should build a culture that is collaborative and focuses on shared goals. This also means finding team members who are DevOps champions within the organization.

Go Cloud-Native

If you’ve already decided to go for the cloud, you should be all in! The world’s digital-first companies like Facebook or Amazon already design their applications completely removed from physical resources and moved them to cloud application platforms such as Cloud Foundry. In this way, they are able to abstract away the infrastructure and spend more time innovating. Doesn’t this prove cloud-native is the way to go?

Make Containers an Option

Containers help make your applications easily transportable and manageable. If applications are split into modules, changes to each of them can be made without the need to touch the entire application. Since a limited number of components require sophisticated adjustments, using Cloud Foundry for a typical application and Cloud Foundry Container Runtime for running customized containers is the most productive way for handling any type of workload.

Make Security your Priority

Since cloud security constantly changes, you have to make sure that your security doesn’t end where your DevOps tools begin. It should be an essential part of automated testing. Including it in the CI/CD processes is a good idea. Some companies even decide to hire a Chief Security Officer in charge of monitoring DevOps security in the cloud.

Earn Support from the Board

Sometimes, all it takes to gain resource and budget support is the encouragement and assistance of the senior executives. Take the time to educate your Board about the benefits of DevOps so you can start putting the DevOps practices into place as soon as possible.

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