DevOps is typically a hybrid between ‘Development’ and ‘Operations’. It is a set of practices for agile software design. Since its main understanding lies in two broad concepts like development and operations, it naturally offers many different varieties to choose from. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has its version of DevOps where they not only uniquely implement DevOps but have also defined it separately.
AWS defines DevOps as ‘the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity i.e. evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes.
As per AWS, DevOps offers the flexibility of not having ‘siloed’ teams anymore separately for development and operations. Instead, they can work as one team and merge their functions to ease up processes. Some DevOps models also merge the security aspect of the development lifecycle in addition to taking it all the way through testing to deployment to operations.
Some of the major benefits of DevOps considered by Amazon at AWS include increased speed, enhanced reliability, faster delivery, a better scale of management and operative tasks, better collaboration, and heightened security. All of these benefits add up to more efficient performance.
AWS, short for Amazon Web Services, is the cloud computing platform offered by Amazon. Like many other cloud platforms such as Google Cloud, Azure, or IBM Cloud, AWS also offers security, data storage services, computing capacity, etc. It is by far the most highly adapted cloud platform all over the world. Being the cloud platform with the highest usage across the globe, AWS performs like any other typical in-house data center for organizations.
AWS essentially focuses on significant features like high-security level, ease of usage, adaptability, the pace of innovation, and the functionality of the platform to ensure smooth functioning for the users. Customer service is by large the greatest factor for all Amazon services including AWS that distinguishes it from the rest of the platforms.
Putting Them Together: AWS DevOps
Amazon puts it as – ‘AWS provides a set of flexible services designed to enable companies to more rapidly and reliably build and deliver products using AWS and DevOps practices.’ These services simplify provisioning and managing infrastructure, deploying application code, automating software release processes, and monitoring your application and infrastructure performance. In layman’s language, it can be easily understood as applying the DevOps philosophy and concepts using the AWS cloud platform with its dedicated tools and services. The purpose of AWS is to implement Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery ((CD) CI/CD).
There are three primary categories in cloud computing known as Software as a Services (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Naturally, AWS falls under the IaaS category. The AWS DevOps architecture includes a great deal of features including Load Balancing, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Security Group, Elastic Caches, Amazon RDS (Relational Database Services), Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Amazon EBS (Elastic Book Store), and Amazon Auto Scaling.
Must-Have AWS DevOps Tools
Like any reliable software, it is not possible to function uniquely without having a personalized set of tools available. Amazon DevOps also functions on its own set of tools which are highly crucial for effective implementation and usage of AWS DevOps. Here are six must-have tools for anyone working with AWS DevOps.
AWS Cloud Development Kit: An open-source software development framework. It uses familiar programming languages for the purpose of modeling cloud application resources.
AWS CodeBuild: It is a simple integration service that adjusts to scale constantly and processes multiple builds as per the need. It can easily be used by the users as well.
AWS CodeDeploy: Deployment can be a huge pain and time-specific however AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier by offering the flexibility to automate software deployments.
AWS CodePipeline: This is another automation tool designed to eliminate the source of human error and a high level of human effort. It is a DevOps tool that helps to automate continuously delivered code for rapid and accurate updates.
AWS CodeStar: It is a highly useful tool to conduct DevOps on AWS. It offers a user interface to enable the activities like development, building, and deployment of applications on AWS. It’s as efficient as enabling the users to set up an entire delivery toolchain in a matter of minutes.
AWS Device Farm: This tool is a godsend for QA teams for the testing stage. We all know that more than 50% of the audience for any platform or website utilizes mobile for accessing the web. With that kind of a number shift, it is necessary to maintain a high quality of service of mobile applications and web applications as well. This tool helps engineers to test out their platform across real mobile devices and desktop browsers hosted in the AWS cloud.
AWS DevOps enables the integration of ‘development’ and ‘operations’ on the cloud platform – AWS. Some of the best practices that can be implemented on AWS DevOps are CI/CD, Infra automation, Infra as code, monitoring and logging, and Communication and Collaboration.
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