CloudMunch Templates: Your DevOps Easy Button

DevOps is all rage today. In fact, analyst firms like Gartner and IDC are predicting that DevOps will move from niche to mainstream. You don’t have to be a genius to understand that. Organizations of all shapes and sizes operate with the goal of being agile by going to market faster than their competitors and increasing the shareholder value. What is missing is a clear strategy to meet the goal? Everyone wants to be on cloud and everyone wants to do DevOps but no one is clear about how they can actually accomplish it.

One of the reasons for this confusion is the lack of a clear messaging on the real value of DevOps from the community. With a disclaimer about the potential for my own bias here, I can summarize DevOps as follows:

  • A culture of collaboration between various stakeholders. In other words, bringing together Developers and Operations to work together collaboratively on the IT side while working with the business on setting the goals (Culture)
  • A robust pipeline (like the one Amazon has for their teams) that will work with the tools used inside the organization (Automation)
  • Continuous feedback leading to delivering quality software fast (Feedback)

Culture is something which every organization should figure it out themselves. You may follow some best practices published by the practitioners in the industry but it is mostly an internal process to set up a collaborative culture than throwing any tools on the problem. Tools comes into picture only in automation and in enabling feedback.

One of the biggest mistakes in any DevOps strategy is to embrace a platform that requires the IT stakeholders to change their toolkits or deployment platforms. It not only impacts organizations’ flexibility in being nimble and agile, it also impacts the culture of collaboration cultivated inside the organization. Forcing people to use newer tools in order to use any DevOps platform causes friction and it defeats the very purpose of DevOps.

However, it is not easy to set up a robust pipeline while also giving the flexibility of using any tool users are comfortable. I have seen organizations spending months to set up continuous delivery pipeline even with their investments on some “DevOps platforms”. This was frustrating for many organizations and I would attribute this difficulty in setting up pipelines as one of the biggest obstacles to their DevOps efforts. Organizations usually spend tons of money on failed DevOps initiatives or end up with efforts that offer limited ROI. Is there a way to to simplify all these complexities to take the pain out of DevOps? In other words, is there an Easy Button for DevOps?

Enter CloudMunch Templates, the Easy Button for DevOps. CloudMunch DevOps Templates provide a simple and fully automated way of implementing Continuous Delivery/Deployment (automation) and Continuous Insights (feedback) for your applications. With CloudMunch Templates, setting up the pipeline and gaining insights across the entire pipeline becomes so easy tht even my Grandma can do DevOps. Instead of spending months and lot of money on setting up the pipeline, you can set up the pipeline with a few clicks in minutes or few hours (depending on your tooling complexity, network speed, etc.. You can deep dive on CloudMunch Templates here and understand how it is set up.

In Beta, we have templates for Docker and AWS readily available. We are testing more Docker and AWS templates along with Kubernetes and we will make it available in the coming weeks. By the time we go to GA, we will not only have Templates for containers but also for VM based applications. We will continue adding more and more templates in the coming months. In the future, you will be able to easily build your own templates to match your tools using our Templating Engine.

CloudMunch Templates not only takes the pain out of automating your pipeline but also enables insights across the entire pipeline. The real value of DevOps lies in taking your idea to quality code in production as fast as you can. If you don’t have a robust pipeline and insights across all stages, you are not maximizing the benefits of DevOps. Our Templates solve this exact painpoints faced by IT organizations across different verticals. In other words, CloudMunch Templates are your Easy Button for DevOps.

If you want to learn about various templates that are part of CloudMunch Platform, visit CloudMunch Hub, one place where you can see various templates available. If you are ready to get started, click here to set up your team and onboard your application using our Templates.

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