DevOps Platform

DevOps Platform

A DevOps platform combines the ability to develop, secure, and operate software in a single application. A DevOps platform empowers organizations to maximize the overall return on software development by delivering software faster and efficiently, while strengthening security and compliance. Every team in your organization can collaboratively plan, build, secure, and deploy software to drive business outcomes faster with complete transparency, consistency, and traceability.

On the surface, DevOps brings devs and ops together; the reality, however, is quite a bit more complex as security, testers, product managers, Product Designers, finance, the legal team, and even marketing all have a hand to play when it comes to creating and releasing software. A DevOps platform gives all of the players involved a single place to communicate, collaborate, gather data, and analyze results – there’s no more hunting around for information or being left out of the loop.

A DevOps platform also eliminates all the issues surrounding toolchain sprawl, maintenance, and integration. A platform provides a single source of truth, which streamlines the technical development process dramatically.

Features of a DevOps platform

By moving to a unified DevOps platform, teams can see what is happening, what needs to happen, what is going wrong, and more importantly how and where to intervene.

A DevOps platform has 10 primary must-have features:

  1. Metrics/visibility: A complete DevOps platform allows teams to optimize software delivery by giving them visibility and supporting data around the entire value stream.

  2. Planning: No matter the methodology (from waterfall to Agile or Kanban), planning is key, a DevOps platform provides flexible portfolio planning tools.

  3. Distributed version control: The most efficient way to create software is through a single, distributed-version control system that can scale and iterate to support your business needs.

  4. Automated testing with integrated feedback: There is no such thing as too much testing, a DevOps platform supports automated testing and provides developers the ability to achieve maximum results within their workspace (IDE) of choice.

  5. Package management: Apps, their many dependencies, and containers require management as part of modern software development.

  6. Built-in security: Anything that can streamline security is critical in today’s breach-filled world. SAST and DAST scans, dependency and container scanning, are all essential.

  7. Automated CD: Teams want to get software out the door as quickly as possible, so a DevOps platform needs automated continuous delivery onboard and ready to go.

  8. Flexible infrastructure: DevOps often requires teams to pivot quickly, having a configurable infrastructure – preferably one seamlessly tied into Kubernetes – is a key requirement in a DevOps platform.

  9. Incident management: Problems arise regularly, a DevOps platform should offer complete visibility with fast and flexible incident management.

  10. Future-proofing: A DevOps platform needs to work seamlessly with cutting-edge technologies like containers, microservices, cloud-native solutions, and artificial intelligence or machine learning.

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