You Don’t Need A DevOps Team

After reading the title of this post, the first question that comes to mind is — Why outsource operations if you can simply hire a bunch of operations engineers and administrators and build and maintain your own infrastructure? It’s an important question.

Let’s take a deeper look at the top 4 concerns companies have about outsourcing DevOps work.

1. Cost — “An outsourced DevOps team is more expensive than hiring in house.”

To support your current infrastructure, you’d need to hire at least 2–3 engineers at an average salary of £80k/year, not including benefits, perks, valuable office space and cost you at least £160k. This figure excludes the 10–15% recruiter fee you pay for each hire.

And if you’re building your infrastructure from scratch, it might take you an entire year. It’ll take us a couple months to get you up and running on any public cloud.

2. Risk — “We’ve been burned by contractors and third parties”

The truth is your small in-house team just like contractors can also disappear into the night and will be the only ones who understand your proprietary platform.

The churn rate for Cloud and DevOps Engineers is at an all time high due to the level on demand. We hire the best of the best, people who worked at companies like Deloitte and McKinsey & Company.

3. Control — “We want to build, manage and own our own infrastructure”

Google Cloud Platform offers Cloud SQL so you no longer need to hire DBAs and VPC networks so you no longer need to hire network administrators. It makes as much sense to build and own your own Heroku or Kubernetes as it does to build and own your own AWS.

With AWS and Heroku, you never have the code in hand, so you couldn’t modify it even if you wanted to. AltoStack gives you a perpetual non-exclusive license to do most anything you want with the code we give you — everything but open source or resell it. That’s real control.

4. Flexibility — “Having an in-house DevOps team increases innovation”

In-house innovation means trial and error, which equates to costly mistakes. You’ll build a platform, maintain it, grow it and constantly debug it — all the while trying to stay on top of the rapidly evolving technology and wishing your engineers were focused instead on your core business needs. And then one day you may decide your platform solution should be replaced with something else. What then?

We solve platform-wide problems rather than investing the time and resources in-house teams spend on costly, problematic, one-off solutions. We always think big picture. Because we own the intellectual property (IP) for all the code we write, we always reuse it. Our services and solutions provide more and more value over time because we continually improve and add features to them.

Why AltoStack?

Most CTOs, CEOs and VPs of Engineering at small and mid-sized SaaS, web and eCommerce companies don’t want to hire and manage an expensive DevOps team, and they recognize there’s little benefit and substantial risk to building and owning their own infrastructure.

When you partner with us, you get holistic and elegant infrastructure solutions and our engagements are shorter, cheaper, more streamlined — and simply better across the board without the cost and headache of managing an in-house team.

At AltoStack, our mission is to help organisations accelerate their time to value from the cloud by designing, building, and optimising their infrastructures in the public cloud.

We are a team of DevOps fanatics and a core part of our work is helping organisations leverage the cloud to increase the speed and success of cultural transformation.