The DevOps Toolchain

Methodologies and frameworks may come and go, but at the end of the day — tools are what make the IT world go ‘round. DevOps is no exception: as the term/practice/movement/[insert-your-descriptor-here] rounds its 6th year since entering public IT vernacular, a bounty of so-called DevOps tools have emerged for bridging development and operations, ostensibly to maximize collaborative efficiencies in the IT and service delivery lifecycle. Subsequently, a common issue these days is not a dearth of competent tools, but how to integrate available tooling into one cohesive toolchain.

But even before defining the how from a toolchain integration standpoint, clearly one must first define what a DevOps tool is. In the spirit of DevOps, it must address contemporary IT challenges in building/managing high-velocity organizations while facilitating constant improvement and collaboration between groups. It must support open integration, bending to the will of the organization — not vice-versa. Monolithic solutions serve only to enforce rigid practices, and tools — as critical agents of change — are instrumental to both managing technology as well as shaping culture. Unmalleable tools, therefore lead to inflexible organizations.

It’s therefore no surprise that most DevOps tools are open source and easily customizable to meet rapidly changing requirements. They must encourage experimentation and innovation, not stifle it. DevOps is indeed about culture, but as Chef CTO Adam says–the tools shape the culture. Or more specifically, the “tools we use reinforce the behavior; the behavior reinforces the tool. Thus, if you want to change your behavior, change your tools.”

In this sense, the DevOps toolchain is unique to each organization, comprised of point solutions that serve the needs of developers and operators best while working together to deliver quality software and services faster and more efficiently. There is no one-size-fits-all toolchain configuration, but UpGuard’s DevOps Toolchain eBook can help in giving an overview of what types of tools are out there, why you would need them, and what your options are. Download it today for free.

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